“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:3
I hope to make this part of a long conversation. The teaching on the mount that Jesus gives has been gone over many times. So many times that it may have lost meaning. We do have the Beatitudes for a reason.
But have we ever stopped at what Jesus was teaching His disciples and what He aims to teach us now.
Blessed are the poor [in spirit]. As the Ten Minute Bible Hour points out in this video: https://bit.ly/3CaBMKe, saying that we should be poor in anything is the wrong way to go.
Especially when the Good News is supposed to make poor people rich. But Jesus tells us to be poor; That we are always going to need to ask God, our Father, for His help. That we are destitute and could never achieve God’s holy standards on our own.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;).” Ephesians 2:4-5
God knows that we can never meet His righteousness without Him intervening. So He tells us that we should shrink ourselves to be as a poor person would, a person who is unable to provide for themselves at all and ask for provision. Jesus tells us to be that kind of poor from the start. If we are that poor, God is pleased to hand us the kingdom.
And what is the kingdom: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
We must remember that unless The Lord builds and watches the house, our labors are useless without Him. Stay poor.