Matthew 5:3 - What It Means to Be Poor in Spirit.
Matthew 5:3 (NLT) God blesses those who are
poor and realize their need for him, for the
Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
If we rewrote the Beatitudes for our
culture today, they probably would look like this:
Blessed are the wealthy, for they will
have it all.
Blessed are the beautiful, for they
will be admired.
Blessed are the popular, for they will
Blessed are the famous, for they will
have followers on social media.
However, that isnt what Jesus said.
Instead, He started the Beatitudes with a bombshell:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3 NKJV). Or, to say
it another way, Happy are the poor in
Notice that Jesus didnt say,
Blessed are the poor. Rather, He said, Blessed
are the poor in spirit (emphasis added). In
itself there is no blessedness in being rich or
poor. The Bible doesnt commend poverty, nor
does it condemn wealth.
But the Bible does say this: The love
of money is a root of all kinds of evil (1
Timothy 6:10 NKJV). Ive met wealthy people who
were happy and poor people who were miserable.
Ive also met poor people who were happy and
wealthy people who were miserable.
So it isnt about your bank account.
Its about your spiritual state before God. The
word poor in this verse comes from a verb meaning
to shrink, cower, or cringe. Beggars often
did this in Jesus day.
If you want to be happy, if you want to
receive Gods blessing, then you must be poor in
spirit. This means recognizing your spiritual
poverty apart from God. It means recognizing the
simple fact that, apart from the Lord, youre
lost, helpless, and hopeless.
If you want to be happy, then admit your
true spiritual state. Blessed are those who see
themselves as they really are, for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven. [Greg Laurie from Harvest
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If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred