“Blessed is the poor in spirit,” for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3
When I hear poor, I think of poverty-stricken, a person struggling to make ends meat.
Poor combined with spirit brings on a different meaning. I need to not get stuck on my first impression of poor and maybe replace that word with humility. When I think of SPIRIT the words, heart, character and energy come to mind.
And BLESSED? The words divine, redeemed, and rewarded come to mind.
At first impression, I think God is blessing those who don’t have a lot when it comes to material things. Taking a closer look, I hear, “rewarded are you whose heart is in need of God.” Admitting we need God and giving God the praise he deserves shows humility. That is where God desires our hearts to be and to rest.
If my heart stays in a place of humility, I won’t be burdened with pride or anxiety because of trying to keep up with the impossible. God is way more creative and good with his words than I am. If I give God the credit for an idea he gave me, then my heart confesses humility. We are vessels used by our Creator to do His works.
God knows our heart and he knows where there is pride. I confess to God that I’m happy to be used by Him. I love the ideas and the words he gives me. Words may come out of my mouth, but God is the driving force behind my actions. It’s easy to get caught up in the “world”, because living in the world is a lot easier than living in a state of God.
He gives us free-will. Choose him and how he would handle things, or choose the world. My heart craves to know God and how he wants me to act. When I’m in the world, I am not very poor in spirit, I’m not humble, and I hurt others.
I am wanting to be in a state of “poor in spirit”, so that I may fight the ways of the world and be strong enough to not be of the world. Poor in spirit might sound like a weakness, but It’s quite the opposite.