Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 5:3
I read this verse yesterday and wondered, “What does poor in spirit mean?” This morning I woke up with an idea of what it could mean.
I spend loads of time in God’s presence, in His Word, in His houses, every make and size, all over Palm Beach County, and yet, my spirit is small, and my view is obstructed. Like the worker who labors diligently from morning to night for minimum wage, so I labor to know God, yet I receive very little compensation. My spirit is still poor.
Jesus opens His first sermon declaring that the poor in spirit will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven and He closes with the declaration that those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake will also get the same set of keys to His Kingdom.
I think that Jesus is saying, “Those of you whose spirit is poor, don’t worry…your rights to the Kingdom of God are no less than the rights of the spiritual giants or the holy martyrs. God has blessed you, just the same, with official membership in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
Although my trinkets from Heaven are small and few, I am so very blessed because whether it’s a log cabin or a palace, there is a place reserved, just for me, in God’s holy home. Clear understanding or obstructed view, strong or weak, master or serf; every one in God’s Kingdom is a success.
Blessed are the poor in spirit
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart
for they will see God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 5:3-10