Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:3 [NIV]
When things are going well, it’s easy to lose sight of God and become complacent in our faith. We can think we are doing well and that everything is fine. It’s a slow fade that causes us to drift in our walk with God. No big problems, no resistance, no struggles. We get to feeling like we have our lives under control. But the reality of it all is, we have forgotten our actual spiritual deficit. We have forgotten that we are sinners that are lost without Christ. We are hopeless without Him. Things may seem to be going well but if we aren’t abiding in Him then we are headed for disaster spiritually.
In John 15:4 Jesus says, “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
Being poor in spirit is to be humble before the Lord. To realize that without Him, we can do nothing on our own. Without Jesus, we are sinners wandering in darkness. Being poor in spirit is to look at ourselves through God’s eyes and see that we are sinners saved by His grace through Jesus Christ. No matter what we accomplish in this world, no matter how much success we have or what status we achieve, no matter what we sacrifice and do for others, if we don’t have Jesus, we have nothing. We are lost.
To be poor in spirit is also to have a light touch on this world in the sense that we don’t become attached to things like material gain, monetary success, social status, or pride. We must always remember that apart from Jesus we can do nothing on our own. Jesus promises that if we follow Him and put our faith in Him as our Lord, He will provide for us and care us. He knows what we have need of and we needn’t worry about anything as we follow Him. He is in complete control at all times.
In our lives, we may have times of smooth sailing and times of intense storms, but through it all Jesus is right there in the boat with us. When the storms do come (and they will), we can have confidence in the fact that Jesus holds our lives in His hands and all He has to do is stretch out His arm and say, “Silence, be still” and the storm will calm. Who is this Man that even the winds and sea obey Him? He is Jesus Christ the Lord and His promise is to be with us even to the very end.
God bless you today as you go in Christ. Follow Him confidently and be comforted in His promises today. Step out in faith and know without a doubt that He will direct your path.