Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” This is the beginning…the primary foundation. To be poor means to be lacking. I must first realize that I am lacking in spirit. All people are lacking in spirit because we are sinners living in a fallen world. We are also spiritual beings who need a Savior. If I am not aware of my need, then I will not search for Him or His kingdom.
I am reminded of other times Jesus taught that it was very difficult for a rich, successful, proud, or self-righteous person to enter the kingdom of heaven. One example: “ You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Revelation 3:17-20.
It starts with realizing we are poor in spirit and going to Jesus in love and faith to receive what He has provided. He can provide real spiritual wealth; dress us in robes of righteousness; make our eyes to see truth. BUT, we must do something too. We must be earnest and repent. Earnest means to show intense conviction. Repent means to turn around from the fallen world’s way and side with Him and His kingdom ways.
He knocks and offers. Will we open the door of our lives to Him? Will we change and become citizens of His kingdom and members of His family? It is an intense commitment…a vow…a new relationship….a new and continual way to live. If you are poor in spirit and know it, you can be blessed (empowered to prosper spiritually) and enter the kingdom of heaven. Just ask Jesus and be willing to follow Him forever. Start talking with Him. Start reading and listening to what He says in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. This is only the beginning! What treasures there are to come!