For the next several newsletter articles I am looking at the Beatitudes. Each article will contain a single Beatitude and the way it can deepen your understanding of virtuous living today. I encourage you to pray the Beatitude for two weeks. Let it become a part of your life, helping you to cultivate virtuous living!
Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Joy to those who are poor in spirit? When it comes to living the virtuous life, doesn’t this seem counterintuitive? If one is virtuous, shouldn’t one be rich in spirit? Jesus understood the mystery of faith, He knew in order to grow in the area of dependence on God it would take faith. Faith doesn’t happen without practice.
To practice dependence on God, it takes…. well… practice! The problem is if you think you are rich in spirit, you may become less dependent on God. When you think you have reached the place of spiritual depth, your understanding of just how dependent you are on God should increase. Along the way, even as you venture deeper into a relationship with God, it should be obvious how truly dependent you really are on God.
Therefore, joy to those who still daily need their dependence on God, joy to those who must turn to God each and every day because without Him they are going to be crushed, and joy to those who are lost without their daily indwelling of the spirit because without it they know they are certainly doomed for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
It seems strange to ask, are you poor in spirit? Are you dependent on God to get you through this day? What would happen if you didn’t experience the spirit of God today, this week, this month? Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!
On the Journey,
Rev. Jonathan Barlow