Humble, Poor in Spirit

Humble, Poor in Spirit

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Throughout history, ambitious men have looked for the right moment to take action. This is what Lenin did in April 1917, when he arrived in Petrograd, Russia, during a time of unrest. He made a dramatic speech that helped spark the revolution that led to Communist control of the country.

On the surface, it seemed that Jesus could have one of those moments soon after He began His earthly ministry. He had proclaimed “the gospel of the kingdom” and healed “every kind of disease” (Matthew 4:23). Multitudes flocked to hear Him. Was this a time to shape His followers into an army to arise against Rome? To deliver a fiery address? No. For Jesus, this was the time to urge men and women to be “poor in spirit.”

The world seemed dominated by powerful nations and ruthless rulers. But Jesus declared that God had different standards. He was not moved by impressive résumés or accomplishments. Nor by political power or control.

No. His Kingdom belonged to those who were humble. These were people who depended on Him, and realized that all the riches were His. Who realized that He provided everything they needed. Who worshiped and served Him.

Jesus was confirming an Old Testament principle, that God is looking for people who are “humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word” (Isaiah 66:2).

These same principles remain true today. Do you want to inherit God’s Kingdom and receive His blessings? Then seek to stay humble before Him, poor in spirit.