The working title of the book I am writing is Bankrupt for Jesus. What does this title make you think? How does it make you feel? I thought what better way to get feedback and challenge my thinking, than from the community?
Here are some of my initial working thoughts. When you think of bankruptcy you probably don’t think of Jesus. You think of something terrible, a debt that can’t be repaid, a life changing experience. The Dictonary.com definition, “The state, condition, or quality of being or becoming bankrupt.” Maybe you have been through a bankruptcy before. Maybe you know someone that has. Either way, you know what I am talking about when I say the word. Just the word makes you want to cringe. It’s like when your child says his or her first swear word in school. I hope this has never happened to you!
Dave Ramsey, whom you probably have all heard of. The genius who went bankrupt himself, and then made it his life long goal to help people find financial peace. He has the myth to which he says, “I’ll just file bankruptcy and start over; it seems so easy.” He says the truth, “bankruptcy is a gut-wrenching, life-changing event that causes lifelong damage.” He uses the example of chills up the spine.
Now think of how many people out there are bankrupt. I’m not talking literally, but definitely metaphorically. It seems that everyone I know is either bankrupt mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, or literally. Either way their bankrupt, and experiencing the state, condition, or quality of being bankrupt. What are they bankrupt for?
The accumulation of stuff, pride, ego, anger, bitterness, resentment, time, love, broken marriages and families, and the list goes on. The better question. What are they not bankrupt for? Where do we find hope, peace, and redemption in the midst of these gut wrenching, life changing events that cause life long damage? The answer. Jesus.
The act of being bankrupt is not physically for Jesus, rather it’s through the process and state of being bankrupt, that we begin to live for Jesus. We find that in Jesus is a place in which we all seek, and if it weren’t for being bankrupt we may never have found this place of Jesus.
Discussion Question: Are you feeling bankrupt in your life? Where are you feeling bankrupt? Does this idea of being bankrupt make sense to you?