August 29, 2014
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
– Matthew 5:3
What is God’s Word for me today?
Jesus said to those who live in such poverty belongs the kingdom of God. This means a society where God’s will is perfectly done on earth as it is in heaven. We can only do God’s will in this manner when we realize our own utter helplessness. We trust God completely. The kingdom of God is the possession of the poor in spirit, because the poor in spirit have realized they can’t do it on their own.
An old English writer paraphrased this first beatitude like this. “O the bliss of the man who has realized his own utter helplessness, and who has put his whole trust in God, for thus alone he can render to God that perfect obedience which will make him a citizen of the kingdom of heaven!” Fanny Crosby wrote, “Some day the silver cord will break, and I no more as now shall sing; but oh, the joy when I shall wake within the palace of the King! And I shall see him face to face, and tell the story – saved by grace!”
How does this make me become like Him?
All that God has for anyone else, he has for you. You don’t have to wait to enjoy the kingdom’s blessings. They are set apart just for you today! All you have to do is humble yourself and fall upon Jesus. In your hopelessness, he is made strong. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Starting today, you can become like Him.