Blessed Are the Poor In Spirit…

September 19, 2008

This week I have been studying and thinking a lot about the Beatitudes.  I thought I would share some things about being “Poor in Spirit”.

The idea of being poor is mostly related to money, but was taken on by the spiritual scene even before Christ’s appearance.  He chooses to use secular language to make his spiritual point when he gives the beatitudes.  You are given a deep longing of joy when you choose to live the Kingdom life as someone who is fully dependent upon God.  It is more than humility, it is knowing that not another breath will take place without God’s mercy and sustainment.  I want to share some poetic words from John Stott’s book, The Message of the Sermon on the Mount .  He writes,

Nothing in my hand I bring,

Simply to thy Cross I cling;

Naked, come to thee for dress;

Helpless, look to thee for grace;

Foul, I to the fountain fly;

Wash me, Saviour, or I die.

How can we know the richness of Father, Spirit, Son without participating in the poverty of the spirit?

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