It's a pretty common college phrase to say, "I'm broke." aka Not. Much. Money.
And I wonder if this idea of brokenness fits with Jesus' words about poverty . . .
Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.
The New Living Translation goes so far as to say:
I have a dear friend who's making it to the end of her thread-barren rope. She needs $300 by next month to pay rent. She has no job (though she's searching), one incredible son in fifth grade. She ran out of bus-tickets. She's overwhelmed and afraid and worried . . .
But she still tries to seek God, to trust Him . . . even in her fear. She is amazing.
She knows poverty.
She knows poverty of possession. I wonder if poverty of spirit is similar. I wonder if to be poor in spirit is to be weak, to realize we are in BIG TROUBLE if God doesn't show up. I wonder if poverty of spirit means that we have cut back every "fluff" in our lives, every aspect that makes us comfortable . . . too comfortable but not healthy. I wonder if brokenness is about awareness of our need. We need Jesus.
What do you think? Any ideas?