"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God.”
If you ask me to define what it means to be poor, my response would be, to be without something, to be lacking a required resource or thing of benefit. Whether that be cash or character, being poor isn’t something human beings, throughout history have typically strived for. It isn’t something I’d naturally associate with blessing.
While this verse may be interpreted in different ways, the Amplified Bible provides a helpful description for what being poor means in this context,
“And looking toward His disciples, He began speaking: “Blessed [spiritually prosperous, happy, to be admired] are you who are poor [in spirit, those devoid of spiritual arrogance, those who regard themselves as insignificant], for the kingdom of God is yours [both now and forever].”
From this I see 4 things
To be poor in spirit is not self loathing or low self esteem (the Bible speaks very clearly about our value and worth) it is less about ourselves and more about Christ. In recognising my own helplessness and dependence, my focus can shift with greater ease from myself to the One who offers me help daily
To be poor in spirit is lack pride, self sufficiency, self-importance the list continues but those who are poor in this way, gain more than they lose. They actually are rich!
To have God’s kingdom is to know the King, to enjoy the rights of citizenship, to belong and be accepted. This is a gift to be enjoyed now and for eternity
To be poor in spirit, is to be truly prosperous. It is a spiritual blessing, moths and dust can’t corrupt this promise and it can’t be taken away by thieves. This reward far out ways anything we can gain on earth
This message is not easy but hopefully a blessing to you. May we pursue less of us and more of Him - the rewards are great!