My wife and I are learning what it means to “poor in spirit”. We have read that “Blessed are the poor in sprit for theirs is the Kingdom of God”. Note: “..theirs IS..” not “theirs shall be”. Our questions was, “what does it look like to be poor in spirit”?
The poor have no backup plan. Most of the time they have no options. They do not have insurance and credit and savings for a rainy day. (especially in the Majority World) The poor do not have resources. They are totally dependant. They do not have the means to help themselves.
To be ‘poor in spirit’ is to live totally dependant, without a backup plan, without resources, without a Plan B if Plan A fails. It is to live in the place where .. if Papa God does not help you, everything stops .. you die.
We found that if we live poor in spirit, the Kingdom of God is ours! We can experience it now! We are learning that if we live poor in spirit .. no backup .. no Plan B .. and if we seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, EVERYTHING WE NEED is ADDED to our lives!
It is risky, it is uncomfortable at times, it is challenging, it is scary. But it is also a blessed place where we see the provision of God .. miraculously.
Do we have times of doubt and struggle? Of course. It wouldn’t be real if we didn’t. Do we see God’s hand move? Yes we do. Have we missed Him? Yes! More than once. Yet He remains faithful.
We are still learning. There is much more to this .. but if you find yourself in that uncomfortable place with no options, no help, no supply, no way out .. you are in the place where you can learn about the blessedness of being poor in spirit. Dont give up!
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