'Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.'
I am choosing to spend some time at the beginning of the year in the sermon we know as “The Beatitudes.” Interestingly enough, this was actually the very first sermon that Jesus ever preached after his baptism and the beginning of His season of ministry on the earth. He called His disciples up on a hillside and began explaining what was on His heart.
The sermon lasts for 3 chapters in Matthew (5-8), and tells us pretty much everything that His heart would ever reveal about His kingdom that He was now promoting on earth. This first part of Matthew breaks down into about 10 different points starting with Matthew 5:3 when He says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Whatever does this mean? Simply put, “those poor in spirit” are those who know they are in need. They aren’t “poor in spirit” because they have no money. They are “poor in spirit” because they need supernatural assistance to grow in Christ. When we acknowledge that we are “poor in spirit,” we are asking God for His intervention in our lives. Acknowledging that we are lacking is our way of inviting Him into all we are and all we will do.
Today, as you read this, admit that you need His Presence in your life and acknowledge that you cannot do life without Him. People who admit that they are “poor in spirit” grow.
Prayer for today: Dear Lord, Today I acknowledge to you and to myself that I need you I my life. I need you every minute of every day. I am poor without you. You give my life meaning and I need you more than I need food today.