poor in spirit
Laodicean spirit – Part 3
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
As we remain in continuum mode of “poor in spirit”, we are drawing still nearer to our text, we realize, first, that the person described has discovered a fact–he has ascertained his own spiritual poverty. And secondly, by a fact he is comforted–for he possesses “the Kingdom of Heaven.”
We are called to live with such an attitude, in daily realization, of our own bankruptcy and all-sufficiency of God. We need to inculcate a “poor in spirit” character to experience a life of overflowing; as we learnt, God fills the empty vessel.
Scripture testifies of a Church in this manner:
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— Revelation 3:15-17
The irony is that, the Church was completely unaware of it’s spiritual bankruptcy, but Jesus knew their spiritual state. Once saved and feasted on the glorious abundance of God, now, she lay in awful beggary state, but look, how she is unaware, unconcerned, and brags of hollow and deceptive riches. To be poor and not see, it is awful and dreadful.
Her thoughts and her words resonated the rich man we read of, who was obsessed with his plenty: “I am rich” “I have become wealthy” “I have need of nothing.” She was drunk with the spirit of Laodicea, the same spirit of self-sufficiency that ruled the people outside the church, because of their abundance, now seem to be creeping into the lives of those Christians. Their eyes were on their plenty, their gains, their riches. They were driven to madness. They had provoked the Lord by becoming a friend of the world.
God saw them wretched, miserable, poor, blind, naked, but the Church had not come to realization of this fact. And we too, until we come to the realization of our beggary state, we are far from spiritual abundance.
“I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” Revelation 3:18
The Lord counselled them to lay hold of true abundance, but the final call was theirs to make. No one else will make the final call for us either. The fact which we ought to discover is an old Truth of God, for the man was always spiritually poor. From his birth he was poor and at his best estate he is only a beggar. Let’s realise, “Naked, and poor, and miserable” is a fair summary of man’s condition by nature. He lies covered with sores at the gates of Mercy, having nothing of his own but sin, unable to dig and unwilling to beg–and therefore perishing in a pathetic and awful manner. Jesus is our only hope.