“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” Matthew 5:3 NLT
Jesus was teaching the foundational truths of what it means to follow Him. To be poor in spirit is to be spiritually bankrupt. A "poor in spirit" person is one who has caught a glimpse of the awesome holiness and righteousness of God and in the same glimpse viewed themselves and their inadequacy of personal righteousness. To be poor in spirit is to be in a place where God can connect with you and change your life. To be anything less than this is to be filled with self-sufficiency which will only lead us away from Christ.
We must become poor in spirit before we can hope to be rich in God’s spiritual blessings. The idea of full surrender to empty one’s self and allow God to fill us with His Spirit is almost a lost concept. Yet here is the clear call of Jesus to recognize our spiritual poverty and open ourselves up to His presence.
Open yourself up honestly before God, and allow His Spirit to search your heart and life and lead you to walk in the Kingdom of Heaven daily.
"When you have nothing left but God, then for the first time you become aware that God is enough." - Maude Royden
“The weakness of our hunger for God is not because he is unsavory, but because we keep ourselves stuffed with other things.” – John Piper
“The real problem of the Christian life comes where people do not usually look for it. It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in." – C.S. Lewis
Wes Humble is the Executive Director of Ministry and Community Relations at Liberty HealthShare. He has thirty years of ministry experience in various pastoral and editorial roles, and he is passionate about responding to the spiritual needs of others.