The term Blessed introduces the first of several beatitudes promising blessing to those whom God cares for. They serve as an invitation to come into the grace God offers.
The poor in spirit is a reference to the “pious poor” for whom God especially cares. “Poor in spirit” denotes the state of humility of a person. All across in the Bible Lord has put a specific emphasis on being humble in ones walk with the Lord- for He gives grace to the humble but detest the proud.
There’s general misconception and misunderstanding in Christians about being humble. We characterize humbleness on the basis of one’s softness in pitch of the voice, having reverence towards the authorities and other outward characteristics of a person whom we label as “Humble”. But Lord does not consider a man’s outward appearance neither He is impressed with a person’s etiquette; In the sight of the Lord being humble means total dependence and surrendrance of us on Him and accepting His Lordship in all the areas of our lives. For the Lord humbleness means correction, reproof, chastening, repentance, patience, gentleness of his children in their walk with Him. Christ have called “the poor in the spirit” blessed because they know that God is their source and provision for all the days of their life; that God Almighty never forsakes His righteous ones; He’s the one who guards, protects, confides His righteousness to His Holy ones; that in all things God works together for good for them; that the present sufferings are nothing compared to the glory that will be revealed to them for after they have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called them to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish them; that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate them from the love of God in Christ Jesus their Lord; that they have the righteousness that comes by way of Christ’s faithfulness; that they have a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, that is, into an inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading; that they will receive the crown of life, glory and righteousness that never fades away; that their citizenship is in heaven – and they also await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform their humble bodies into the likeness of his glorious body by means of that power by which he is able to subject all things to himself; that they have part in the first resurrection and second death has no power over them ; that they have their robes washed in the blood of Lamb whereby they have access to the tree of life and can enter into the Heaven and have eternal life with God.
Through the example of Christ our Lord & Saviour, God Almighty has revealed unto us the model of being “Poor in the spirit”. Christ always had the nature of God but He did not think that by force he should try to become equal with God. Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took up the nature of a servant and became like man and appeared in human likeness. He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death-his death on the cross. Christ during His earthly ministry always subjected himself in the will of God in all the areas of his life and always looked upon God the Father as His source and provision and God never disappointed Him for God loveth a humble and meek in the Spirit.
Beloved ones, just as “poor person" everyday waits for the help from the Lord God Almighty, we also as “poor in the spirit” must wait upon the Lord Almighty to direct our lives; we must surrender ourselves totally in the will and mighty hands of God Almighty and allow Him to guide & counsel us in all the areas of our lives, so that fruit of righteousness that glorifies our Father in the heaven can be produced in Christ Jesus through us. Because if we live by the Spirit: we shall not carry out the desires of the flesh. For the flesh has desires that are opposed to the Spirit, and the Spirit has desires that are opposed to the flesh, for these are in opposition to each other, so that we cannot do what we want. But if the Spirit leads us, we are not under the law for those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. The Spirit has given us life; he must also control our lives and Christ Jesus has emphasized about the same in Matthews Chapter 7 verse 21, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven but only those who does the will of my Father in heaven.”
Beloved ones in Christ Jesus let us in light of the Word of God make a check of ourselves that are we really the “Poor” whom Christ counts as Blessed and promises “Kingdom of Heaven” – If not then let us truly become poor in the sight of the God and lift our heads and hands to the God our Father in the Heaven our creator, sustainer, provider and Saviour.
Remember God resists proud but gives grace to the humble; He does not take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as he does in obedience. Certainly, obedience is better than sacrifice; paying attention is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and presumption is like the evil of idolatry.
Remember to be “Poor in the spirit” means our total dependence, surrendrance, obedience and discipleship in the Lord and accepting His Lordship in all the areas of our lives.
“Listen!” says Jesus, “I am coming soon, and my reward is with me to pay each one according to what he has done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with everyone.
Joshua – Ashish Macwan
Living Stones Prayer Ministry, India.