Blessed… The Poor in Spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3, New Revised Standard Version).

At least to me, this first of The Beatitudes is a bit confusing. “Blessed are the poor in spirit…” Aren’t we supposed to gather the things of the Spirit? Aren’t we supposed to seek after these things of God in an effort to better prepare our way to eternity? If so, how does this verse make any sense.

When we think about being poor, we think about having little or nothing. After all, are not poor people, people who have little in the way of worldly possessions? They are people who have little or no money. Some of them may even worry about where their next meal will come from. And, we are supposed to be like that in Spirit?

Billy Graham makes the argument that we are looking at this the wrong way, but that our confusion about the meaning of this text is understandable. Graham says we need to substitute the word “humble” for the word “pure.” I think he is onto something.

I am a sinner in need of grace. I have fallen and by myself, I cannot get up. There is nothing I can do to obtain the grace. It is offered as a free gift. Without what God offers, I am nothing more than an empty vessel. Without that grace, I have no hope. Without the gift of God I cannot expect to gain the kingdom of God.

You see, it’s not about me. News flash here, it’s not about you either. In Jesus’ words in this first beatitude, it is all about God and the free grace God gives to us. What is left for you and me is, to approach God like the empty vessels we are and allow God to fill us with grace, grace we do not deserve, to accept the of the Kingdom God promises.

Then, we are called to go out into the world and share the good news of the Kingdom of God. We go out and share it with humble hearts because what we have is not of our own doing. It is because of what God is doing in us.

What is God doing in you today?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Peace,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

What does it mean to be poor in spirit, as Jesus said we ought to be?

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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