Poor in spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 (NIV)

We so often are comparing ourselves with others around us. When we look at their flaws and faults, “well, I’m not too bad”. But when we look at God, that purity, that holiness, that righteousness, we say, “Oh God, help me”. That is what ‘poor in spirit’ is. It’s a true evaluation of ourselves, not in light of man but in light of God, where we see the real truth about ourselves and it brings us to that, “oh God, I need help”, “I can’t do this, but with Your strength, I can”, or “I’m tired of trying to figure this out, what is Your direction for me”.

Jesus said, really ‘blessed’ or happy is that person. Why? Because he has had a true encounter with God, and as the result, the kingdom of heaven belongs to him. Not just living for the temporary, but for the eternal. Not just getting, but giving. Not finding self-worth in the accumulation of stuff, but in who we are in God’s loving eyes.

This verse is the first sentence Jesus says as He is beginning the famous “Sermon on the Mount”.


Heavenly Father, thank You that You love me in spite of my flaws, and thank You that I can be ‘blessed’ (happy) because I communicate and encounter You. Keep changing me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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