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This is the second in a series of post on the beatitudes, here are the other posts in this series:
The first blessing uttered by Jesus in the stream of blessings at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount is found in Matthew 5:3, which reads:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Dr. Chuck Quarles in his commentary on the Sermon on the Mount, writes:
Christ’s message in this beatitude is that when individuals recognize their absolute inability to save themselves and cast themselves on Christ in total dependence on Him, He graciously reigns over them as King here and now and graciously promises them a part in His future kingdom.
There are different understandings about what “poor in spirit” actually means (those who are sad, those who don’t have money), but I think the most appropriate interpretation is that Jesus is referring to those who recognize their spiritual brokenness.
The poor in spirit recognize their need for a Savior, and they are blessed.
Those who recognize their spiritual bankruptcy receive the riches of heaven.
The blessing for the poor in spirit is quite clear: those who recognize their spiritual bankruptcy receive the riches of heaven.
Blessed are the poor in spirit because their humility amidst spiritual emptiness allows them to be filled by the Spirit of God.
The kingdom of heaven is given to the poor in spirit, logically speaking, because they’re the only ones who would care to have it.
What good are the riches of heaven to those who think they’re already rich?
The spiritually bankrupt will one day join the great wedding feast with the groom himself, Jesus Christ.
Though we are broken, our brokenness invites the life-giving love of God to rule our hearts.
When you know you’re spiritually broken, you’ll happily give the throne of your heart over to its rightful King.
We run into problems when we think we deserve to occupy that seat.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten a lot better about consistent prayer. As I’ve aged I’ve come to know my need for Jesus more and more in everything—the big stuff and the little stuff.
Pray that the Lord would break you and humble you so that you know you need him.
Pray for peace if you’re already broken, and ask the Lord to lead you to himself.
Pray for friends and family who know they’re broken but don’t know where to turn.
Pray for the courage to lead spiritually broken friends and family to Christ.