I would like to start a new series on TTT, called (obviously) The Beatitudes. Sounds familiar? I wouldn’t be surprised. The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus’ longest teaching, and it begins with the Beatitudes (by the way, Beatitudes means blessed are; you’ll find out why as we go through this series). These verses are truly profound, but I didn’t really understand them until last Sunday, when my dad taught on the Beatitudes. I think it’s something worth sharing, so why don’t we take a look at Matthew 5:3?
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
First off, I’ll say that the Beatitudes are difficult to understand, and different people will have different views. So what do you see in this? It’s probably confusing. I mean, you hear “poor in spirit” and good things don’t really come to mind, right? But then the verse goes on to say “for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. It may not make sense at first, but it should be clearly by the time you finish reading this post.
You see, first you have to understand what “poor in spirit” means. Before we accept Jesus into our hearts, we are, in reality, spiritually poor. But even after we have Jesus residing within us, our “spiritual cup” isn’t suddenly full. So while being poor in spirit in itself isn’t really a good thing, it leads to a search for what will fill us, and that means God. And when we find Him and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, we receive the kingdom of heaven.
Is this starting to make sense? So those who are poor in spirit are searching for God (and we know from the Bible that those who seek will find). When they find and accept Him, they will receive entrance into His kingdom. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?
And even for those of us who have been Christians all our lives, we will never be completely full. Not until we run home and into God’s waiting arms. So continue striving for Him.
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