Have you ever heard how tribesmen in Africa catch monkeys? It's fascinating.

They start by putting peanuts in a narrow-necked jar, and then they bury the jar up to its mouth so a monkey can smell the peanuts. The monkey will come over, put his hand inside, and grab hold of the peanuts.

So long as the monkey hangs on to the peanuts, he's stuck because of the narrow opening of the jar. If only he'd open his hand and let go, he'd be free!

There's a connection between that and what Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

You see, if we want to live the good life God has for us, it takes letting go of the “stuff ” to which we cling. We need to come with open hands and humble hearts!

Jesus' manifesto in Matthew 5 about Kingdom living and who is “blessed” is a radical eye-opener—it defies conventional wisdom.

You see, rather than boast about how great they are, Kingdom people know that when measured next to Jesus, they've fallen short of the glory of God. But Jesus says to those people, “You're the ones I want to live My life through because you're open to My grace!”

Let us remember that the good life isn't about clinging to peanuts. It's about letting Jesus take hold of us so we can know Kingdom Life—and experience God's grace and favor to the fullest. 

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