I was blessed with a mother who was alert and open-minded. Not one of those people who talk because they can, she was the kind of person who walked through doors of truth when they opened to her, because she could see them and because, for her truth presented some new aspect of life – even though things might look a bit scary initially. I come from a family in which it is thought better to suffer some discomfort rather than live semi-comatose in sincerely believed but oft taught illusions.
There’s a reason why the poor in spirit see God and see what real seeing is. Their wealth is not in their self-image, status and identity or any externality, burocracy or institutional agglomeration.
Their treasure is in Christ. There is a sense in which we are worthy of all Jesus is. Are we willing to forsake all and follow Him? Failure to do so results in our confirming to a less worthy self. Following Jesus without rationalisation and pious subterfuge results in more in this life and the life to come. Not wealth but a higher order of fellowship with the Lord and more abundance of spirit and life. It’s called treasure in heaven.
“Many of us have failed to honour God’s always unfolding future and the process of getting there, which usually includes some form of dying to the old. In practical effect, we end up resisting and opposing the very thing we want. The great irony is that we have often done this in the name of praying to God, as though God would protect us from the very process that refines us! God protects us into and through death, just as the Father did with Jesus. When this is not made clear, Christianity ends up protecting and idealizing the status quo—or even more, the supposedly wonderful past—at least insofar as it preserves our privilege. Comfortable people tend to see the church as a quaint antique shop where they can worship old things as substitutes for eternal things.”
We can spend our lives in a vocation of pumping up what we are were born with, assuming Jesus would have us do what we are doing – when a moments reflection would alert us to the fact that we are not following the teaching of Jesus and the apostles and neither we are aligning ourselves with the teaching of the Bible because we’ve made a culture out of not rightly interpreting the word of God.
Rohr, Richard. The Universal Christ (pp. 93-94). SPCK. Kindle Edition.