PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 5:1-12
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)
When I look at this list of ‘blessed’s, most of these I can say ‘like Jesus’.
Jesus did mourn or grieve over the burden and bondage of sinners (Luke 19:41-44).
Jesus was meek, hungered and thirsted (longed) for righteousness.
Jesus was merciful, pure in heart, a peacemaker, and was persecuted.
But was Jesus ‘poor in spirit’?
Jesus was not spiritually poor, but He was poor (Luke 6:20, Luke 9:58).
He had none of the ‘things’ we look to for hope, strength, comfort, blessing.
He knew where His riches were, not in Himself but in God… rich in God!
How can I become ‘poor in spirit’, not trapped by the deceitfulness of wealth?
How can I be content, and find joy not in stuff but in the Lord?
How can I be free to sell/give away my stuff to those in need, because I am rich in God?
Am I living for the blessings of this world, or the blessing of the kingdom of God?
The Spirit uses this list to probe my heart; am I like Jesus in these ways?
Or am I like their opposites (see Luke 6:24-26), reflecting the spirit of the world?
Lord, if the way to blessing includes being poor in spirit, and mourning, help me to experience these in a healthy way (like You), so that I can experience their blessing too.