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

Back in the early nineties, Donald Trump was nine billion dollars in debt.

Now, we throw around numbers like billion and million and everything else. Let me tell you how much debt nine billion dollars of debt is …

A stack of 9 billion one dollar bills would be 610 miles tall. The space station orbits at an average distance above the earth of 210 miles. So to say that Donald Trump was nine billion dollars in debt meant that his debt stacked up from earth nearly three times where the space shuttle goes when it goes into space. That’s a lot of debt!

When he was $9 billion in debt, Donald Trump was walking along the sidewalks of New York with his daughter. They passed a homeless man on the street, begging for money.

He pointed to the man and said to his daughter, “That guy’s better off than I am.”

Trump’s daughter looked at him and said, “What do you mean? He’s living on the street. How can you say that 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.”

Think about that – Donald Trump was more than broke but you couldn’t tell it by looking at him. He still lived in expensive houses. He still wore custom made suits. He still was chauffeured around the city in a limousine. His outward appearances said, “I’m wealthy.” But his balance sheet said, “I’m $9 billion dollars in debt.”

Sometimes we do the same thing spiritually. We put on a veneer of spirituality, morality, religion, and happiness. Our outward appearance portrays to the world that everything is okay. But God looks at the balance sheet of our life, spiritually, and He knows where we are.

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

The Bible says, “There is none righteous, no, not one.”

In Psalm 40:17, David talks about his own situation, spiritually, and he says this:

“As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!”

Are you 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. I just need Your help every now and then”?

To be “poor in spirit” means to recognize that you are spiritually bankrupt. A follower of Jesus Christ realizes that he is 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!