Thursday, August 26, 2010

Blessed are the poor...in Spirit

The world’s economy today is being scrutinized by all. We are being more careful with how we spend our money. But, I was thinking of how the Lord had spoken in the beatitudes “Blessed be the poor…”That isn’t the word at all though. What it says in Matthew 5:3 is ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.'

There is no blessing in being poor. It is a battle to survive. The food we eat, the clothes we wear and our very existence is tested during poverty. Yet, we can be poor economically and still be rich in the spirit.

However one can be spiritually poor regardless of how much money they possess. A spiritually poor person can be driving luxury cars and live in several grand homes and be broken hearted. Sin can be capturing his life. He may live for the sound of someone giving him praise. He may be addicted to drugs or fine things. A person like that is in bondage. He is not free. When all of those things that hold him up are gone, he is poor in spirit and in every other way. Yet, when we realize this; God can lift us up.

When Jesus stood up and read the scriptures, he explained why he was here. ‘The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound"Isaiah 61:1 He was not speaking of the poor economically, but the poor in spirit.

In God's kingdom, position, money, material things and authority are not important. There is only one authority and it's not us. What matters is faithful obedience of the heart.

So many would tell us that all rich people are bad. That is not so. Money is not the root of all evil. It's the LOVE of money before all else that is the root of all evil. On the flip side of this a poverty mentality. To always be in a state of want. To never be satisfied or content. This can happen to a rich person as well as a poor person. A person with a poverty mentality is never happy. For the economically poor person with this mentality, they get comfortable with their poverty. You will see them with collections of things. Mostly scraps of whatever they had given to them. It's their security.

Yet, that too is bondage. For Jesus came to set the captive free. We don't have to store up things and never give things away. We can rest assured that the Lord provides. We can learn to be a blessing no matter what economic status we have.

'Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.'
James 4:10

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