Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” -Matthew 5:3

I never really understood this verse. “Blessed are the poor in spirit”…I always thought it should be “blessed are the rich in spirit”? I mean, being poor means you are lacking in something specified…and the thing specified here is it seemed to me it would be better to be rich in spirit... 

But now, I think I know what Jesus meant. Lets read some verses that correlate to Matthew 5:3:

“For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” -Luke 11:10

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” -James 1:5

Ask and it will be given to you” -Matthew 7:7a

If you haven’t noticed, there is a theme in the previous verses; asking leads to receiving.This is why the poor in spirit are blessed; because they are not afraid to ask!

You don’t see wealthy people asking to have needs met by other people…why? Because they can provide for themselves (or so they often think). But in the case of the spirit, not one person can provide for themselves. We need to come to such a point of humility that we ask, or beg, out of the depths of our insufficiency. And to do this, we will be like beggars...or the poor.

There are so many things that I need that I know I wont get anywhere other than from God, but I have I reached that point of desperation; Could I walk up to Jesus and touch His cloak as the sick woman did (Matthew 9:20–22)? Could I come to Jesus and kneel before Him and ask to be healed, as the man with leprosy did (Matthew 8:1–4)? Could I call out to Jesus for mercy as the blind men did (Matthew 9:27-30)?

For almost every person Jesus healed, they came to Him first; they sought, or knocked first, in some way or another. If we have not, it is because we ask not. So that is the truth in how the poor in spirit are blessed.

We need to become beggars for our spiritual needs! Let us be paupers! Let us plead for our needs out of the depths of our insufficiencies! Let us ask, seek, and knock! Let us be poor in spirit! — For then we shall receive.

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