Poor in spirit

Another great sermon this morning on the Beatitudes. Today’s messages focused on Matthew 5:3 — “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

One quick thought that caught my attention immediately. Lyndon had pointed out the similarities and differences between Poor in secular terms (meaning a beggar, completely dependent on the charity of others for any and every physical need) vs. Poor in spirit (which is what Christ was speaking to.) More thoughts on that topic later this week.

But this verse is not to be taken out of context, as some requirement of having no possessions in order to be happy (as I had touched on last week). If that were in fact the case, then we should stop giving anything to the poor lest we rob them of their happiness.

I’ve said it many times, but our possessions are not good or evil on their own. If, however, we are consumed with things and our hearts turn to covetousness, whether you are rich or poor will not make a difference in God’s eyes. A poor man with little wealth may covet his neighbor’s things and thus be sinning. A rich man may recognize the temporary nature of his fortune but still be honoring to God.

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