February 19, 2015

Poor in Spirit

 

And He opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.  Matthew 5:2-4

 

In the early nineties, Donald Trump was nine billion dollars in debt. To help you understand the enormity, a stack of 9 billion one-dollar bills would be 610 miles tall.  That’s nearly three times the distance from earth to the International Space Station! 

During that time, Donald Trump was walking along the sidewalks of New York with his daughter when they passed a homeless man begging for money.  Mr. Trump commented, “That guy’s better off than I am.”

“What do you mean?” his daughter asked.  “How can you say he’s better off than you are?”

He replied, “Well, let’s say he’s got absolutely nothing. That means he’s $9 billion dollars richer than I am.”

On paper, Donald Trump was more than broke, but appearance said otherwise. He still lived in mansions, wore custom made suits, and was chauffeured around the city in a limousine. His outward appearance said, “I’m wealthy.” But his balance sheet said, “I’m $9 billion dollars in debt.”

We tend to do the same thing spiritually. We put on a veneer of spirituality, morality, religion, and happiness. Our outward appearance may portray to the world that everything is okay, but God sees and knows our spiritual balance sheet.

To be poor in spirit means to recognize that we are absolutely broke, bankrupt, and destitute when it comes to living a righteous life that pleases God. 

           The Bible says, “There is none righteous, no, not one.”  (Romans 3:10)

Have you recognized that you are poor in spirit?  When you come to God, do you say, “God, I absolutely need You,” or do you come to God and say, “God, I’ve pretty much got everything together, but I could use Your help every now and then”?

           A follower of Jesus Christ realizes that he is totally impoverished apart from God. 

God understands your spiritual need. He’s waiting for you to say, “Lord, I am broken. I am bankrupt. I am destitute. I am spiritually poor.” Ask Him to meet your need. He will do it. But He only does it when we come to the end of ourselves.

            Have a great day, and keep Moving Forward!