One of the greatest hindrances to the salvation…

One of the greatest hindrances to the salvation of some men is not their badness, but their goodness. Jesus declared, blessed are the poor in spirit. The word for poor literally means bankrupt, destitute. It is the same word used to describe Lazarus the beggar, who was absolutely dependent on other’s kindness for his survival. So then, what is Jesus saying? Jesus is telling us that we must learn to see ourselves as we really are, not against the backdrop of other people but against the backdrop of what God created us to be. Instead of thinking, “I’m not so bad” and reasoning that is good enough, we should see ourselves as totally inadequate having nothing to offer God but our spiritual beggarliness. Only then are we ready to throw ourselves upon God’s mercy. Perhaps it would help to remember that God created us to do good, not evil. When we sin, we demonstrate that we are broken. It is like an electric can opener that no longer works. What do you do? You throw it away and get another one. The can opener was made to open cans and when it quits doing so, it no longer serves its purpose and is ready for the rubbish pile. God created us to do good. It is only by God’s mercy that we are salvaged from the rubbish heap. This is Just-A-Minute.