Jesus Says What Counts is Being Poor in Spirit
August 15, 2009 10:26pm CST
People who gathered to Jesus that day probably thought he was going to cite their religious efforts (or "church" activities, if we were to relate it to our day) to please God, and commend them. But they were wrong. I'm astonished that his first teaching in the Sermon on the Mount (and probably what counts to his eyes the most) was being poor in spirit. He says any one who has that character owns God's Kingdom. "Theirs is the Kingdom." And it's a trait hard to find in churches today--even in born again churches. I know one person who was truly poor in spirit--Mother Teresa. And I'm not saying this because I'm a Roman Catholic; I'm not. I'm born again. I'm a seeker. I'm tired of traditional churches or what they do there on Sundays. I want the real thing. I'd pastored a big church for years--and by grace it turned out well! When I was a young person, I ministered in a church for decades as a lay assistant pastor. But everything was vanity. By God's grace, I wanna be genuinely poor in spirit. I want the Kingdom, no less!
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23 Aug 09
I know that this may seem like a stupid question, but what exactly does it mean to be "poor in spirit"? I have always had an idea, but no one has ever really spelled it out and I've never felt comfortable asking. Does it mean being humble and dependent on God for everything? To know and recognize that God is in control. To not be connected to worldly things. Is this what it means?
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23 Aug 09
I don't know what is wrong with me, but I swear I didn't see this question answered when I read through the posts a minute ago. This was an honest mistake. If someone could tell me how to contact myLot about removing this point, I would really appreciate it. Otherwise, I will have to wait for an administrator to read this post. I am not trying to be dishonest and make extra postings. I sure wish there was a delete button. Sorry everyone!
17 Aug 09
Hi there, pal! great to see you again! To me, being "poor in spirit" means I have a preferential option to value lowly things and people, especially the poor and rejected. It's not really getting rid of all your possessions and living as a pauper--though some great guys have that calling. The "poor" here is in your spirit. It is a mindset, something that is ruling in your mind, heart, and soul. And that mindset includes shunning what the world approves of or gives value to. Mother Teresa, I think, learned the secret to being poor in spirit. Ciao!