Matthew 5:3 (NIV)
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
People who realize that God is the source of life (in this world and eternity), and that we are nothing without Him, are “poor in spirit”.
Imagine a beggar holding out a hand for anything someone would give him. That desperation and feeling of need for someone else to provide sustenance is the spirit that Jesus is talking about. When we have an attitude similar to a beggar toward God and his provision and life-sustaining power in our life, we have an attitude of being “poor in spirit”.
Jesus says in John 15:5 something that relates to this attitude.
John 15:5 (NIV)
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
When we come to the humble conclusion that apart from God we can do nothing of Godly value, we have embraced the attitude of being “poor in spirit” which is pleasing to God.
Holding Up The Mirror
Now, time to hold up the mirror and compare our lives to the attitude God seeks in us. Do we fall on our knees each day and authentically and humbly thank God for being the source of our life and the source of everything valuable and true? I know some of you do. I believe some of us don’t.
The evidence shows itself through our interactions with people in THIS world. Do we EXPECT others to treat us a certain way as if we have earned it or deserve it? Do we take things and other people for granted? Do we share our time, treasures, and love with other people who are just as needy as us?
Be More Like Jesus Christ – Be Poor in Spirit
When we have this attitude, our life will be filled with love, generosity, mercy, and compassion for other people.
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