Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, Jesus said (Gospel of Matthew, chapter 5, verse 3).
The rich in spirit surrounded Him; especially those who were self-satisfied with their religious status or achievements. Jesus was not impressed.
When we are rich in spirit, we compare themselves to others. We say, “sure, I’ve got my flaws, but I’m not like these people: _______ _________ _________ ” (fill in the blanks).
When we look at God, however – and when He enlightens our hearts to truly see reality – then we become poor in spirit.
We look at His holiness, and we say with sorrow, “I am not.”
We look at His requirements, and we say with shame, “I did not and cannot.”
We look at His fingerprints, all around us and inside us, and we say with chagrin, “I believed not.”
We look at His love, offered freely, and say with grief, “I cared not.”
We are bankrupt. That’s being poor in spirit – it’s bankruptcy of soul. When God wrestles you down into facing reality and you finally admit that…you’re empty.
You’re a complete mess.
Now you’re ready for the kingdom of heaven to begin in your heart.