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Buddy sits by the front door to see what’s going on in the neighborhood but he’s looking in the wrong direction. However, since he has seemingly supersonic hearing, he can still hear what’s going on outside.
Many people hear God’s call or message of salvation, but they look the other way and don’t accept it.
During His famous Sermon On The Mount speech, Jesus began with this verse:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.”–Matthew 5:3
Speaker and teacher Kay Arthur explains that being “poor in spirit” is to admit one’s spiritual poverty, one’s utter spiritual bankruptcy and inability before a holy God to have any righteous standing. To admit one’s utter sinfulness.
“For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;”–Isaiah 64:6
Most people think that Judgment Day is like what is depicted in Egyptian paintings: There is a scale on which one side rests all of one’s bad deeds and the good deeds on the other. If the good deeds outweigh the bad, you get to go to Heaven. If the bad outweighs the good, you go to Hell.
But God is so pure and holy that we can never stand before Him on Judgment Day in our own righteousness. “Therefore, you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”–Jesus, Matthew 5:48 God’s standard to get into HIS HOUSE is perfection.
“No one is good except God alone.”–Jesus, Mark 10:18
The people Jesus was harshest with, as reported in the New Testament Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), were the Pharisees, the religious leaders who thought they were good and didn’t need to listen to Jesus’ message or rebukes. Jesus upset their spiritual apple cart by declaring that those persons that the Pharisees considered to be the most sinful members in their society would get into Heaven before they would.
“Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you.”–Matthew 21:31
Because the Pharisees believed they were good, they didn’t see a need to repent and accept the righteousness of Christ as their own.
Sadly, I know a lot of good people who refuse to believe they need to repent of their sins and accept Jesus’ death on the Cross as payment for their sin. They think they can stand before a perfect God and prove themselves holy by their own deeds.
Pride is the opposite of “poor in spirit.” I pray that pride is not keeping you from accepting that Jesus died for your sins.
I stand on the shoulders of giants. I’d like to give credit to my spiritual mentors:
Martin Luther, Kay Arthur, Dr. Charles Stanley, Pastor Chuck Smith, Pastor Chuck Swindoll, Pastor Bob George, Pastor Max Lucado, Pastor Ben David of Hope Fellowship and Dr. Michael Youseff