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IT #1

December 2, 2016

Matthew 5:3 NLT

“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,   for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”


I see this verse and automatically picture someone living on the fringes of their paychecks.  Poor.  I mean really poor.  I grew up poor.  Two pair of shoes poor.  One for school and one for church.  If I wasn't at either of those places I was barefoot.  Poor. 


The word poor brings up specific imagery in our minds.  We think of the person who might be writing checks that they hope won’t clear until payday.  We think about our bills and try to conceptualize the “what ifs”.  What if we pay this bill this month, can we pay that bill next month?  The picture of waiting and hoping that the tank of gas makes it until payday, cruising down hill in neutral.   I’ve been there.  Most of us have been there.  Maybe you envision that homeless person you pass on the way to work.  Down on their luck and with no foreseeable way out, an older friend or family member who lives on a fixed income or that kid you pass who, you know, doesn’t eat except at school.  I see all those things too.  Initially.  Then I see more. 


We try and we try to make our lives work.  We make lists and more lists.  We make columns of pros and cons.  We plan and set goals.  We struggle to make IT!  We write songs about the struggle.  We could go on and on with the plans, discussing the plans, writing the plans and changing the plans.  We could set a new goal every week.  Make a new list every day.   We can work that budget and make those pennies sing all the sad songs about the endless struggle. 


Let me ask you this.  What if that merry-go-round could just stop?  You’d have to win the lottery right?  Make a million and you’d be set!  What is IT anyway?


IT is something real.  IT is what Jesus is talking about in Matthew 5:3. IT is a relationship with Jesus.  IT!  IT is learning to go to God before you have to put your disaster plan into motion.   


Matthew 5:3 NLT

“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” 



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