Luke 19:3 - 4
He was trying to see who Jesus was, but he was a little man and could not see Jesus because of the crowd So he ran ahead of the crowd and climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus, who was going to pass that way.
Rising Out of Poverty
Most of us are poor. We live in and around poverty. Oh, I know you
live in a nice house, have a nice car, wear nice clothes, and have
enough to eat. I’m talking about a different kind of poverty – spiritual
poverty. Most of us live lives which spring from the poverty of our
spiritual lives. Lives which are played out without spending enough
time with God in prayer, in contemplation, in study and in listening.
Our poverty in Spirit has to do with love – but totally different kinds of
love. First, there is Agape – a type of love where the motive is solely to
respond to another’s needs without trying to get our own needs met.
Serving another with no expectation of return. We serve without
regard to our needs, and we find blessings.
Then, there is Eros. Eros is love where we respond to another’s needs
with the motive of somehow having our own needs met. We serve so
that we can benefit. We serve in order to be blessed.
God made us for Agape. We function best on Agape! But when we
don’t receive the agape we need to function as healthy individuals, we
quickly learn to survive by seeking Eros.
Lives that depend on Eros tend to develop certain ways of behaving:
We learn to manipulate people to get what we want.
We seek status by possessing things.
We adopt destructive behaviors.
How has my dependence on Eros to establish and affirm my value
been revealed in my behavior?
Many of those in prison have come to rely on Eros rather than Agape.
Their resulting behavior may be what brought them to prison. They
have developed a wall to protect themselves, and they give the
appearance of relying on themselves – on their strength.
How do we rise out of our poverty? We freely offer our love – our love
in action – with no agenda – with no expectation of return. Then, we
find that in our vulnerability, there is Joy! Being on this Kairos Team
is a chance to practice living in that Agape love.
I hope you have a good practice session!
What is God saying to me through this Word?
When have I sought to see Jesus?
Prayer Focus: Lift up the people who are struggling to find the real Jesus.
May we all be willing to let go of our own mindset; determining how, when, why and how our God should extend His loving kindness to us as He affirms us with His perfect love and the value He alone gives to each of His children.
You are His special treasure, uniquely made to be exactly who you are.
Fear not! No matter where you are in the transformation process, God will complete His good work in you. He is our faithful and true King!