The official poverty rate in the U.S. for 2016 was 12.7 percent. In some countries the percentage is much, much higher. But the spiritual poverty rate for all of mankind is 100 percent. "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), and we have nothing to offer to God to make up for it. Do you live a good life? I hope you do. But no amount of good can make up for any amount of bad. Our sin leaves us spiritually bankrupt before God. If we face God hoping that we have enough in our pockets to get into heaven, we will find out then what our guilt reminds us of even now: We don’t have enough.
To be "poor in spirit" is to realize and admit this spiritual poverty. I’ve got nothing. I’ve got absolutely nothing to offer God that He should release me from the condemnation I’ve earned with my rebellion. Martin Luther put it this way: 'We are beggars; this is true.' Now here is the amazing grace of God: To those who are "poor in spirit," Jesus says, "theirs is the kingdom of heaven." How can this be? Jesus took on your poverty. He humbled Himself, made Himself nothing, became obedient to death, even death on the cross, all to pay your debt. "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich." (II Corinthians 8:9) From broke to blessed – this is the ultimate rags-to-riches story! Do you see how blessed you are in Jesus? "BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN." (Matthew 5:3)
See how true happiness is found in Jesus alone through the "BLESSED" series.
INTRO, POOR, MOURN, MEEK, HUNGER, MERCIFUL, PURE, PEACEMAKERS
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Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.