We Are Beggars All

Once upon a time in my newly-wedded naivete, I entitled our family blog, “Beggars of Grace.” This did not sit well with the extended family: “Why are you beggars? Why would you want to be? What does that even mean?”

Upon listening to the excellent Thrice song, “Beggars,” this morning, I was prompted to ask myself the question again, “From where in the Bible does that idea come from?” To answer, here are five reasons we are truly beggars, all of us, before God:

  1. We are creatures. God made us; we did not make ourselves. By fact of the Creator/creation relationship, we are wholly dependent on God.
  2. We are unable to do anything. When Jesus says, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing,” about doing good works and evangelism as a Christian, you better believer it applies to everything and everyone else.
  3. We are poor. There are no U-Hauls behind hearses; all of our riches are temporary. The only riches that matter are God’s, and without Him we have nothing.
  4. We are homeless. Your home won’t stand through the fires of Christ’s judgment. Neither will mine. Ultimately, we have no home unless God gives us one – through the adoption now, through the church now and forever, and with Him in His holy hill forever.
  5. We are afflicted. We come into this world poor, broken, needy, and hurting.  We come as babes, called to come to God as children forever.  We are full of the pains and hurts that sin inflicts, and we always wait for the comfort, counsel, and care of God.

So, you might not like the fact that the Bible refers to us as homeless, poor, afflicted, helpless creatures (Romans 5:6-11 says so, for instance), but that doesn’t mean those ideas aren’t biblical.  It just means that you don’t like them.

Worse, it may mean that you haven’t digested what the gospel is at all.

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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