Our Greatest Currency Is Nothing
Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
This world chases after money, after the things of this world, bringing all kinds of issues of this world in their heart, but it is all in vain.
"For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist" (Colossians 1:16-17).
I love the idea that the greatest currency we can have is nothing (that is to say lack thereof).
"For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out" (1 Timothy 6:7).
What do I mean by this?
God's word teaches in the book of Isaiah:
"Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price" (Isaiah 55:1).
As Jesus says in the beatitudes,
"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:3).
What greater riches than to receive the kingdom of God, to inherit the promises of the King of glory? How may this be purchased? With nothing!
It is those who are rich in the spirit of the things of this world who cannot purchase the kingdom of God (figuratively speaking of course), for this type of currency God refuses.
"God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6).
But it is a lack of the spirit of things of this world, that is to say, to be poor in spirit; this emptiness is the void, the currency that He desires.
"For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8:36-37).
So the concept here is what can we give to the one for whom are all things, and through whom, who created all things?
God wants us to give Him our heart, in the sense that we empty ourselves from all the spiritual riches that are of the world:
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever" (1 John 2:15-17).
So that emptiness we leave becomes a currency of nothing to purchase from God the things He desires for us to receive, that can only be purchased without price, so He may fill us with the riches of the things of His Spirit.
We must humble ourselves by opening ourselves to Him, so that the spirit of this world may drain from our hearts, and the Spirit of the richness of His glory may flow in.