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Weekly Devotionals

Poor In Spirit

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

Jesus has spoken such radical things in the sermon on the Mount. It’s hard to imagine why these things were so groundbreaking since we always knew His teaching to begin Christianity. But the original audience, the followers of Christ, mainly Jewish people, already had ideas about how to be ‘blessed,’ and it was so different from what Jesus said in Matthew 5. The blessedness in their mind was like in Psalm 1, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of.” To be blessed is to obey God, read the Scriptures, pray, and not associate with sinners.

Recently I have decided to stop using the phrase, “I used to be like that,“ in talking about our struggles. Like, “I used to struggle with depression, I used to be prideful, I used to be tempted to those things..” I realized that this way of speaking could hinder me from seeing myself as a process, instead, it makes me see myself as categories. I may not have the clinical depression that I used to have in my early twenties, but I still feel depressed thoughts and feelings here and there. I struggle with prideful thoughts and a condescending attitude, especially as I get older. It’s easy to see myself as I have overcome such things, and I no longer have those struggles. I may have less intensity of those feelings and thoughts, yet, I am still working in progress in the beautiful process of sanctification. In the process, my true self, which is united with the Holy Spirit, wants to include the brokenness in me. Because that is the testimony of Jesus. Being poor in spirit means to stay broken, to be not full nor complete in our attitude of needing the Holy Spirit.

Do we have to TRY to be broken? No way! We already are! Let’s accept and acknowledge our nature being imperfect, knowing that the Perfect One is on our side, and He loves us extravagantly. That is what is to be poor in Spirit. My friends, may you embrace the ‘blessedness’ of being human, His child, and His beloved.