July 28, 2012 | 0 comments
"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:3
What a strange way to be blessed, to be poor in spirit. It seems like such an easy and attainable thing; but it isn't. It is the most difficult thing in the world. To be poor in spirit means to be conscious of my nothingness. Think for a moment, can the dead heart know of its own deadness? No. So it is in my hour of spiritual awakening that I first learn of my spiritual poverty. Humility only grows in proportion to one's knowledge of Christ. As long as I am apart from Him, I am self-satisfied, because I have no standard by which to measure my height. But when I come near to Christ, then for the first time I see my lowliness. In His light I behold my darkness; in His majesty I behold my baseness; in His purity I behold my filth, in His riches, I behold my poverty of spirit. My very confession of sin is the fruit of holiness; it is at the dawn of His light that I see my darkness.
This is an hard saying, who can hear it? Many who claim to be citizens of the kingdom of heaven have never been made poor.
Never say then, that to be poor in spirit is an unhelpful thing. It is the proof of citizenship, for "theirs is the kingdom of heaven". I will not be cast down by my own sense of nothingness, but raised by it. It proves that I have gazed on a higher standard of measurement; the stature of the excellence of Christ. Then the believing heart cries, "Blessed Savior, let me gaze on Thee more and more, until, in the vision of Thy brightness, I loath the sight of my impurity, until, in the blaze of that glory which no natural eye hath seen, I fall prostrate, blinded, broken, to rise again a new man in Thee".
Are you poor in spirit this morning?
Your servant in Christ,
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