In Sanity Blog
|Posted on February 20, 2016 at 4:25 PM|
~ Matthew 5:3
What does poor in spirit mean to you? I never understood this verse until I read a quote from Oswald Chamber’s “My Utmost for His Highest.” He said, “I am blessed in my poverty. If I know I have no strength of will, no nobility of disposition, then Jesus says—blessed are you, because it is through this poverty that I enter his kingdom. I can only enter it as a pauper.”
If I am poor in spirit, I am aware of my utter depravity without Jesus’ saving grace, I know that on my own there is no good thing in me, and I am fully aware of my need of a Savior.
Never have I been more aware of this need than as I struggle through my menopausal symptoms. I have no doubt of my depraved nature when I throw a fit or kick the wall in my out-of-control anger.
I am a pauper, poverty stricken in my soul, but it is in this depraved state that I call on my loving Father for relief. Immediately, my Daddy opens wide His arms, allowing His needy daughter some time of respite and restoration. Blessed are the poor in spirit—for they know how much they need the Lord!
Until you realize your depravity, you won’t understand your need for a Savior. To know you need a Savior is to be “poor in spirit.” Blessed are the poor in spirit.