Blessings of being poor in spirit

BethanySMC - Thursday, 20 October 2011 02:24

Mt.5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Who are they – the poor in spirit, that they have such a great promise – the kingdom of heaven? Consider this illustration to understand this concept. Picture yourself on the streets of a busy city. You can meet all kind of people there: salesman, homeless, intelligent, children. Some ask you to buy something, others put on a show so they can get something from you. Another makes his living by asking for change.

All of a sudden you see another man with no feet, no arms… on his face you can read all kinds of health issues, but his eyes are clear and he is looking to you for help. There is something different about this man – he cannot help himself. He is completely dependent on others generosity and compassion from people like you and me. He is poor and helpless among those who are also poor but are able to help themselves.

To be poor in spirit is to be in such a helpless condition before God as that man on the street: completely dependent on mercy, generosity, and help. In such conditions, it is extremely difficult to become proud, arrogant, and self sufficient- very same elements that keep many from thekingdomofGod. Although, that person on the street deserves compassion – in the spiritual world, the poor in spirit are blessed beyond measure because they enjoy the bliss of heaven even before they get there.

God is the one who meets their needs every step of the way. In fact, the poor in spirit, in reality are spiritually rich. All these riches are hidden in the earthen vessels of their heart. As apostle Paul puts in 2 Cor. 4:5-7 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

The Poor in spirit live with a sense of uselessness apart from God, helplessness apart from His grace, darkness without His light and rely on Him in every single need. You can find them often on their knees, on their face before God in their private room: when they wake up in the morning, when they make decisions in life, when they prepare a sermon or when they finish preaching, when they are doing their daily activities. Blessed are they, God’s favor is upon them. They are worthy of His kingdom.

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