Who the Poor in Spirit Are — Matthew 5:3

Humble in Spirit

Jesus after being baptized and tempted by the devil in spirit began his ministry. He who also was a teacher gathered his disciples and taught them the beatitudes. Otherwise known as the blessedness. These are experiences they should be happy about because it comes with many blessings. 

Top on the list is poor in Spirit in Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

To be poor in spirit does not mean to lack Christian blessing. It does not mean to lack what it takes for Christian growth. It means to be lowly and humble. 

Psalm 51:17 says that the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit and a contrite heart. To be contrite means to be broken-hearted for sin. The people with a contrite heart are those who are quick to admit their guilt against God and seek pardon and make restitution.

That was the nature of David, who because of his contrite heart was a man after God’s own heart (Psalm 51:3).

The people with the virtue are not self-sufficient. They are people who know in their hearts that they are nothing without God and can do nothing without him. They have total dependence on God, putting all their trust in him.

They are people humble in their life disposition. God says in Isaiah 57:15, “… I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones”. 

The high and holy place which God dwells is also expressed in Psalm 91:1. This is the “secret place of the Most High”. This implies the presence of God.  Anyone with a contrite heart or of a humble nature always carries God’s presence. 

Their lives are directed by God. They enjoy constant fellowship with God and effortless communication with him. 

The benefits of having a humble spirit are: First, they dwell in a HIGH and holy place with God. This is like on a mountain elevated above the land. With the help of God, they see things from afar which may not be too obvious for others to see. Because they dwell in a high place with a holy God, they reflect God’s holiness in their lives. 

Second, they are revived. A dysfunctional spirit will affect the body. This will be seen in sickness. A man humble in spirit will be revived by God and will be healed of any disease he is having. There are diverse ways God heals but one way is through the humility of a man. Humility touches the heart of God. 

Many do not believe in grace and some others struggle to have it, but the Bible categorically stated that grace is specifically for the humble, “… but giveth grace unto the humble” — James 4:6. 

That is the secret of having grace from God. Not dramatized humility to please men. Let it be deep-rooted in your heart, seeking to please God even while no one is watching or giving approval. Take a lowly place where you can express your humility to God and shun the battle for supremacy. 

The kingdom of God belongs to the poor in spirit and lowly in the heart but the proud is a future “tenant” in the kingdom of hell unless repentance. May God give us the grace to be humble. Amen!!!

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