Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him? – James 2:5
1 Corinthians 1:25-28
25 This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.
26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.
27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.
28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.
A Materials Recycling Facility or MRF (pronounced like ‘murph’) is solid-waste management plant that processes recyclable materials to sell to manufacturers as raw materials for new products.
Once the materials have been sorted, they are melted, shredded, or pulped to prepare them for recycling. Glass is often pulverized and melted for use into new glass objects. Shredding is used to prepare plastic, metal, and paper for processing, and pulping converts paper products into a slurry that can be made again into paper. Processed materials are then shipped to facilities that specialize in using recycled goods for manufacturing.
Believe it or not, the Father has been in the recycling business for thousands of years. However, He reclaims and repurposes worn, sullied, debauched, unwanted humanity.
He takes the used and abused, rejected and cast off, things which the world considers foolish and powerless, the despised and those counted as nothing and recycles them. They become children of the King! In fact, the kingdom of God belongs exclusively to them.
Luke 6:20 Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God belongs to you.
Blessed is more than a temporary or circumstantial feeling of happiness, this is a state of well-being in relationship to God that belongs to those who respond to the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ. The poor in spirit are those who recognize they are in need of God’s help. theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. It belongs to those who confess their spiritual bankruptcy (ESV Notes).
The Greek word translated blessed is makarios. Makarios has the sense of being favored or privileged. When the Father favors us, adopts us as His dear children, we are truly privileged and blessed.
Some modern translations use the term as “happy.” But happiness tends to be associated more with feelings, and what is being referred to here is not the feelings of believers but their status and situation. Perhaps “favored” is a better thought-for-thought translation. The poor of this beatitude possess the blessedness of being the object of God’s favor (Stein).
Although there may be anguish, sorrow, rejection, mistreatment, weeping, and far more dire conditions in this present world; ultimately, children of the King will be blessed forever because the Father’s kingdom belongs to them. The somewhat distressing conditions are not “good,” in and of themselves. However, they make the children of the King aware of their need for the Father. Within each human being there is a vacuum which the Father alone can fill. The poverty is poverty of the spirit.
Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
They recognized that they were spiritually destitute. They were humbled before the Father knowing their utter impoverishment.
REFLECT & PRAY
We have been given the privilege of having a total new attitude towards ourselves. We were poor and destitute, but now as children of the King we are rich in faith. We possess wealth greater than we could ever imagine.
Father thank You that from eternity past, You had a plan to recycle me for eternity future. Encourage me to yield and recognize that You are the Potter and I am but the clay.
At the moment we become children of the King, we become heirs of the Kingdom of God. It is our certain hope and expectation for eternity.
Romans 8:17 Since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
Because of what the Lord Jesus Christ has done, we had been made right with God.
2 Corinthians 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
But while we are still on planet Earth, the Father begins recycling us here and now to prepare us work for our glorious inheritance to come. From the Father’s perspective it is already a done deal. The outcome is certain.
However, as children of the King we are responsible to make it our present reality and grow into our new identity day by day.
22 Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.
23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.
24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy.
We begin by recognizing that the Father is recycling us, repurposing us according to His eternal plan and blueprint for us. Because of the joy awaiting him, the Lord Jesus Christ endured the cross, disregarding its shame (Hebrews 12:2). We can do the same. We simply give in to Him and endure the ride.