Jesus turned things around again when He said, “you’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are — no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.” (Matthew 5:5)
This no doubt could say a lot to our consumeristic culture, but could it go deeper than that? When Jesus spoke these words, He was speaking to a smaller group of His committed followers. Some of them could have had money, but people didn’t have money back then like we do today. Perhaps that made money even more of a thing to contend for, to strive after, to think about, to consume people. But let’s set money aside for a minute and imagine that what Jesus was trying to get them, to get us, to see and understand, was that when we live out of our true selves, who God uniquely created us to be, we’re blessed.
When we’re little, it seems we have no problem loving the things we love, playing with the things we like, ignoring the things we don’t… But then somewhere in our adolescent years all of that changes and we try to be like everyone else (there’s a rare one of you, who, in your middle school photos doesn’t look like all your other friends…for those of you who stay true to yourselves no matter the peer pressure around you, good on you!). And then sometime during or after college (hopefully not too long after that) most of us spend the next 20+ years trying to remember who we were again.
I don’t know about you, but I find it tiring trying to be something I’m not. It takes so much extra time, energy, emotions, mental stamina, even money to be someone other than who we were created to be. Either because we’re trying to add something to us that’s just not there or trying to take away that part of our personality that we don’t think belongs (any other loud people out there tried to live as a quiet person because that one time someone, whom you gave way too much power over you to, was embarrassed by how loud you were? It’s so much unnecessary work, let’s be real…everyone needs a loud person in their life…s/o to my other loud people!). And more than that, when we finally are content being who we are with our niche passions, odd hobbies, funny collections, it’s not only the path of least resistance, that’s also when Jesus says we’re “proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.” Everything, really?! I don’t know about you, but I’m beyond ready to experience all that Jesus meant by that!