JESUS SAID: You’re Blessed When You’re at the End of Your Rope
Jesus said that you are blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. What was He talking about? Does that even make any sense? Let’s see if we can figure this out.
In Matthew 5:1-3 a story is told about Jesus being with a crowd of people and He goes up on a mountainside to talk to them, to teach them. The story goes like this: “When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said: ‘You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule’” (The Message).
We are probably more familiar with the King James or New International versions in a grouping of verses that are called The Beatitudes: “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’”
In the Amplified Bible we are given a hint of some definitions to “blessed” and “poor in spirit”: ““Blessed [spiritually prosperous, happy, to be admired] are the poor in spirit [those devoid of spiritual arrogance, those who regard themselves as insignificant], for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].”
Now that we understand what is going on in more detail, we see that Jesus had something He wanted to teach. He had something He wanted us to know. What He wanted us to know is that blessings come from being “poor in spirit”, “at the end of your rope”, or absent of “spiritual arrogance”. He wanted us to know that being “poor in spirit” is to be spiritually humble, to be at the end of hanging on to our rope of control, and to be at the end of living our life selfishly.
Sometimes when we hear the phrase “end of your rope” we think of being frustrated with no options and don’t know what to do next. The metaphor of a rope is used because it feels like climbing down a rope but we haven’t reached your goal at the bottom, yet there is no more rope to climb down. One definition of being “at the end of your rope” states it like this: “to be out of options or alternative courses of action; to be stuck in a bad situation.”
From Jesus’ perspective, though, being at the end of our rope is really a good thing because it is the beginning of hanging on the Jesus. Being at the end of our rope spiritually is the beginning of hope. From our human perspective, we think of being at the end of our rope as being stuck in a bad situation, but according to Jesus, it’s the beginning of blessings, being spiritually prosperous, and deeply happy.
Are you at the end of your rope today? Do you feel you are out of options, stuck in a situation you don’t like? This is the place that God wants us. He wants to teach us something. He wants us to totally, 100%, rely on Him. He wants us to know that “with less of you there is more of God and his rule” (Matthew 5:3, The Message).
I am at the end of my rope.
I am done with doing things my way.
I bring you the real, arrogant, selfish me.
You are what I need.
Make me spiritually prosperous.
Make me deeply happy.
I live today relying 100% in You.