Beatitudes: The Poor in Spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God.”

God’s world doesn’t need you to be strong in order to take it.

It already has a strong leader who brings it forth–Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and rose from the dead.

You can’t take this kingdom by your own strength; He is stronger. You can’t add to this kingdom something that it is currently lacking; He is enough.

What you can do is come to terms with your weakness and realize that, in certain ways, your attempts to be strong are really your cowardly methods of avoiding the truth about yourself.

You haven’t loved like you should. You’ve broken promises, lied, resented.

You’ve set standards for yourself and failed to meet them. You’ve pursued things that you thought would fulfill you and found that you were drinking sand, not water.

You are not the strong person you think you are, and the boasting in which you engage only disguises that fact.

It’s not how to be happy. Jesus has already told us how: the poor in spirit are happy, because theirs is the kingdom.

Not the strong. Not the rich.

The poor.

You can’t take the kingdom. Jesus will give it to you.

You can’t bring anything of worth that He doesn’t already have. He has given you Himself, in the form of a servant who became obedient to death.

You can’t generate within yourself the things that make for life. He has broken death’s back.

Because, unlike us, He is strong. And He is enough.