The word “poor” is most likely not a word we would like to identify ourselves with, but there is beauty in being poor in spirit. It’s the poor in spirit who will see Jesus as their everything. When we see Jesus as our everything, He becomes our everything. The beauty of being poor in spirit is seeing Jesus real in our lives.
I was led to Matthew 5:3 during my alone time with Jesus which says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” If you look into the greek meaning behind the word “poor” it means to be reduced to a beggar.
When I first read that I thought to myself, why would I ever want to be a beggar? But it was at that moment when God reminded me that I am nothing without Him. I am here today because of His grace and blood that He shed on the cross for me. Not only does my salvation come from Jesus, but even my provision, health, and purpose.
It can be easy to try to work ourselves up to a point where we never need to rely on Jesus, but that’s not what He wants. Jesus wants us to rely on Him in every season.
Having a poor spirit means recognizing that we always need Jesus. Whether we are in rich or in need, healthy or sick, single or married, we need Jesus.
Jesus wants us to constantly be hungry for Him, realizing that we are nothing without Him.
Psalm 18:2 says, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.“
God is what will hold you through the tough and good times. He is your rock where you stand, your fortress who protects you, and your deliverer who saves you from all your sins. Pray and invite Jesus into your heart. Ask Him to open your eyes to see that He is your everything and that without Him, you can do nothing.
When we realize how much we truly need Jesus in everything we do, we will start asking Him for direction in the choices we make, and even inspiration for the works we do. Jesus promises us that when we ask we will receive and that when we knock, He will open the door for us. Matthew 7:8 says, “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
If you are in need of direction, ask God. He is a God who speaks and longs to reveal Himself to you.
It is Jesus who truly satisfies our souls. Jesus says in John 6:35, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Have you been spending time seeking Jesus in the word and His presence?
Jesus came to give you a life to the fullest. It starts with looking to Him and obeying all that He tells you to do. So remember, there is beauty in being poor in spirit.