Matthew 5: 1-3: One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them. “God blesses those who are poor in spirit and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
Last Sunday we kicked off a verse by verse study on the Sermon on the Mount. 21-weeks we will be studying the greatest sermon ever given.
Jesus starts this sermon off by saying we are blessed if we are poor in spirit. If we realize our need for Him.
I think we can all agree the desire to be blessed by God. To be blessed in this passage, Jesus tells us we need to be poor in spirit. So, if we desire the blessing of God, what does it look like to be ‘poor in spirit’?
For me, I think it starts with humility. Once we realize we are in complete need of God, we become ‘poor in spirit’. It’s hard to do sometimes. Like Pastor Taylor preached on Sunday, we are often times very prideful and independent people. We don’t want to admit our need for anything or anyone.
Personally, I can be like that. When we last moved, we didn’t really ask for a lot of help. We didn’t want to put anyone out. When I am lost, this guy does not ask for directions. When I’m dealing with something difficult or something that can cause worry, very few may know what is truly going on. I become self-dependent. Self-dependent is just another word for pride, which is sin.
James 4:6 – God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
Pride can take on many faces, but spiritual pride is the most dangerous. When we get to the point where I can do all things through myself who strengthens me, we are in a dangerous spot. It’s at that time we need to realize that we can only do all things through CHRIST who strengthens us.
God cannot bless those who do not feel they have a need for Him. So let’s humble our spirits, let’s go to God in complete need for Him because the fact is, we absolutely do need Him, in every area of our lives.