Matthew 5.3. cont.
3 O the joy of the poor in spirit, the kingdom of Heaven belongs to them.
A poverty of spirit is deeper than the poverty of material things. It strikes at the very centre of a person, which affects their self-worth, their character and can retard their life towards God.
Therefore, how can they experience the joy and blessing of God? It must be through God coming to the poor in spirit, It must be in the inheritance that the poor in spirit receive, and that is the Kingdom of Heaven.
The way in which we look at ourselves is determined by the state of our spirit, whether or not we are healthy in spirit. Perhaps most of us may not regard ourselves very highly, we may consider ourselves to be of no importance, not worthy of the attention of Almighty God.
Here is the Good News, and it is that Jesus came into this world to save sinners.
We all start off from the same position:
- And you being dead in your disobedience and your wrong doings,
- in which you used to live according to the ways of this world, in accordance with the rulers and authorities of the air, of the spirit now working in the sons of obstinate unbelief;
- In which we also conducted our lives in the past, in the forbidden cravings of our flesh, doing the wishes of the flesh and of the thoughts, we also were naturally children of wrath like the rest – Ephesians 2.1-3.
We are all born with this poverty of spirit, which is the pathway to hell. However, God has rescued us and saved us.
For it is by grace that you have been saved through faith; and this is not from you, it is God’s gift – Ephesians 1.8.
It is through His death and resurrection that all who receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour are lifted out of the poverty of spirit into a new and living relationship with the Father. This is blessing, this is joy, because we become the citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.
No longer are we citizens of this world.