Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The beatitudes were given in Matthew 5 to provide guidelines as to the godly attitudes we must possess to become more like God. The first attitude that was mentioned then by Jesus was that of being “poor in spirit”. To be “poor in spirit” is to recognize that you are spiritually destitute or accepting that you are not where God wants you to be. For some of us that is a struggle: it is a struggle to accept our deficiencies spiritually or otherwise. However, the failure to do so will only leave us stuck at a level that is below what God requires of us.
The action of Isaiah reveals that we are never too big to accept our deficiencies. Isaiah was one of the Major Prophets. However, he was the first to admit the ways in which he fell short of God’s standards. In Isaiah 6:5 when he had the encounter with God in which God’s glory filled the temple, he responded by saying “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips:” That was an example of Isaiah recognizing that he was “poor in spirit”. Because of his willingness to accept where he had gone wrong, God sent an angel to put live coals on his mouth to take away his iniquity and purge his sins. A simple act by Isaiah of admitting his deficiency triggered a process in which God participated in his spiritual transformation.
To get to where God wants you to be, start by accepting ways in which you have fallen short of God’s standard. There is a blessing associated with being “poor in spirit”: the scripture says for “theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. That means by doing so you will possess everything that God has in store for you spiritually.
Examine yourself relative to God’s standards and identify and confess to God the ways in which you have fallen short.
Create in me a clean heart Oh God and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from the presence. Please don’t take your spirit from me. But restore my love for you and may I be where you want me to be. In Jesus name, amen.