poor in spirit
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
One common thread that ran across all the character in our previous devotionals is that, all of them were highly obsessed with themselves and their possessions. They were unable to realize their dire spiritual bankruptcy. They trusted in their righteousness and their possessions.
Apostle Paul displays a great spirit–poor in spirit. He declared, “..that nothing good dwelled in my flesh” (Rom 7:18), “…I am the chief of sinners.” (1 Tim 1:15), and “least of all God’s people” (Eph 3:8).
Our Lord Jesus displayed this spirit, when he declared, , “I tell you the solemn truth, the Son can do nothing on his own initiative, but only what he sees the Father doing” (John 5:19). In John 14:29, he said, “For I have not spoken from my own authority, but the Father himself who sent me has commanded me what I should say and what I should speak.” He depended totally on the Father, even for what to say. He was just like a child—greatest in the kingdom of heaven. This same spirit must be in us.
Above all, Jesus emptied Himself. “…did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” (Phil 2:6-6). He trusted and confided in God, when “He prayed with vehement cries, and He was heard..” (Heb 5:7). Christ was the epitome of spiritual poverty
We read, “Who has believed our report, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed”–cross, the arm and the display of God’s power? Gospel is the power and proclaims this power of God. They failed to accept it, because they weren’t poor in spirit. Greeks were obsessed with wisdom and philosophy, while the Jewish could not come down the ladder of religious pride. Therefore, the Cross, that brought the power unto salvation, instead of becoming a point of liberation, became a point of stumbling block.
God saves the humble. For this reason, “Salvation is by Grace through Faith..” Grace is God’s saving favor, power, while faith, “poor in spirit” approach to God. God resists the proud, but gives Grace to the humble–those that disdain their own work and trust in His work. God saves us everyday, when He lifts us out of the miry pit… and he sets our feet upon a rock and gives us a firm place to stand. Then we have a song–a testimony, even praises to God.
If we learn and embrace the way of “poor in spirit”, we will never lack God’s provision, whatsoever that need be. Amen