Blessed, Poor In Spirit

June 20, 2009
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"Good night, and God bless you!" was said to my siblings and me every night of our childhood, teens, and adult lives. My parents-in-law said the same to their children, and we did to our children, and they to their children and children's children. Isn't that a lot of blessing spoken over many years and many generations? I know there are millions of other families that have habitually spoken and still do speak God's blessing into being in this way. "Good night, and God bless you!"

How often in a day do we bestow this kind of blessedness upon those we come into contact with? Then, how many in a week, a month, a year, a decade? It is a beautiful habit, never ignored by God. It is even more beautiful if we are mindful to speak or write our blessings in sincerity and faith. To know God will bless is another great blessing in itself.

Matthew 5:3 – Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous — with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favour and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) — are the poor in Spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven! (AMP)

We know it, as an absolute, that whenever Jesus used the word blessed as He taught the Beatitudes on the mountain, He meant it in its fullest godly sense.

Let us note again who is blessed in today's verse, and be reminded what it means. Undoubtedly, it is the poor in Spirit, meaning the humble, lowly, ignoble, modest, meek, unpretentious, unassuming, simple, undistinguished, submissive, and respectful.

In Philippians 2:8, we have the perfect example of humility through our Lord Jesus Christ: "And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross! (NIV)

Let us also note, in all our Saviour's examples and teachings, the total absence of pride, conceit, arrogance, self-glory, egotism, vanity, superiority, presumption, and haughtiness.

Jesus is our supreme teacher of lowliness of heart. We need daily to learn from Him. When we see Him as the servant of servants in many situations, and as He washed His disciples' feet, and as He went obediently to die on the cross for all humanity, we surely must be inspired to be so poor (humble) in Spirit, as to be blessedly given the kingdom of heaven.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the beauty of Your humility. Master, we desire to be imitators of Your examples and teachings. You stooped in every way to save us, so we bow in lowliness at Your feet, humbly aware of Your amazing love and grace showered upon us for all time. As we rise in Your blessedness, may we liberally and lavishly speak Your blessedness into many other lives. Amen and amen!


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Rosemary Renninson
Westbury, Victoria, Australia

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