I’ve read a familiar verse, found in the Beatitudes, many times but without really grasping it’s full meaning. Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 5:3. How do I make my “spirit” poor? For those of us that don’t speak “christianese” – or talk about the “spirit of this” and the “spirit of that” in every conversation, this sounds a bit confusing. Being poor isn’t hard – ha, that’s simple – but, it’s seems paradoxical to think that my spirit could/should be poor. Hmmm… there’s got to be an explanation.
Let me attempt to explain, briefly, what I think… a true Christian family, church or community (all depends on what you want to call it) is made up of authentically humble people. Complete destitution seems to be a basic requirement. Think you’re rich and you’re sent away woefully wealthy but acknowledge inner bankruptcy and you’re in. We’ve got to truly grasp reality: we have no personal merit, no strings we can pull, no power to save ourselves, and absolutely nothing in our hands or in our hearts that we deserve. We’re busted… broke… cleaned-out completely. Ah, yes, now – and only now – can we be filled with the supernatural and trusted with the Kingdom of Heaven.
A few other translations word this verse in unique ways:
You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope.
With less of you there is more of God and his rule. MSG
Those people who know they have great spiritual needs are
happy, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. NCV
Being desperate can be a good thing. Blessed are the poor in spirit… this doesn’t mean walking around with our heads down, empty pockets, worn shoes and pathetic posture. NO! It means being REAL – admitting your complete worth is found in Christ and Christ alone! Sounds pretty rich to me… Ha!
Beautifully broke, Chilly