My Love Is Bigger
My Love Is Bigger
C H A P T E R 1
You Can't Do it by Yourself!
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven."
I don't know about you, but I keep trying to do this life thing on my own. It still isn't working. Our powerlessness is a basic truth about our human condition that brings us to believe in a power greater than ourselves. It is the place of beginning for our journey as Jesus' followers. So why is poverty of spirit the first key? It is so basic, right? Because we like to forget! We humans have to be reminded daily where our strength comes from. 2
When Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven," He was saying as we come to Him in the humility of our smallness, He will come fill us with His kingdom. Being poor in spirit unlocks our hearts to receive all God wants to give us. It opens the door to receiving the kingdom.
Poverty of spirit is a heart attitude of complete dependence upon God that allows us to receive from Him all that He wants to give us. But, it is our first and greatest struggle. We must choose surrender over and over; we humans try and try again to do life our way and by ourselves. That was the sin of the garden. Eve and Adam decided they didn't need to trust God; they would do it their way. They soon found that their way was no way at all and that they needed God.
What a terrible day, the moment all the evil in the absence of God came rushing in, the moment Adam and Eve realized they had lost their relationship with God. All they had known was the fullness of His presence; He was with them, and it was good. Now they were separated from Him by their sin. It was a relational disconnect that would affect mankind for the rest of history. They had invited evil into their knowledge, they had become independent from their Father, and now we all must choose, over and over, every time we make a decision, God's way or man's way. We are learning what we once took for granted - how to love and how to live a life of belonging and communing in His presence. Adam and Eve were disconnected intimately from their Father. This was the beginning of the orphan heart.
The truth is that no human on this earth is Fatherless. We all have a Heavenly Father Who loves us, and we all belong to Him. We are His creation; we are His children. 3 But there is an orphan inside all of us that lives separate from the Father's embrace. From the time in the garden, when the stain of sin marked the fabric of humanity, until now, as we continue to choose to be independent of Him, the orphan heart beats on in every man, woman, and child. But this is what salvation is: It removes the sin from the fabric of our being so we are no longer separate from God. Jesus is the bridge that carries us home to the Father. He has made a way for us to come home to Him. And there is more of Himself He is offering. On the other side of the bridge is belonging and sonship. On the other side of the bridge, the Father is waiting with loving arms.
Thank God we don't have to do this life by ourselves. The great big love of God overcomes this world! This is the headline of the New Testament. This is the good news! His kingdom is moving its way through this world, one heart at a time, one circumstance at a time. The Love of God, given in His Son, the victorious one, is turning slavery into freedom and bringing His children home. This is resurrection life. This is what Jesus died to give us. Salvation and sonship are a free gift from Him. Grace takes our poverty and makes it a canvas for His Love.
What does poverty of spirit look like?
Poverty of spirit is an attitude of the heart of surrender and dependence toward the Father. It is childlikeness. Our desperate need of Him becomes obvious in our inability to love others the way they