Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven – Matthew 5:3.
There was a rich man who wanted to know how to inherit eternal life. He has kept all the commandments he knew. He did not commit any murder or adultery. He did not attempt to steal from anyone, much less bear false witness to anyone. He has always honoured his mother and father. But when he was asked to give up all he had for eternal life, he was sad and walked away. This is the story of the rich man in Mark 10:17:22
Being poor in spirit has a lot to do with what the rich man needed to realize. It was not about keeping the commandments or being good that will allow a person into the kingdom of God and have eternal life. Because no one is good, only God is good.
Mark 10:18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.
That is what the rich man needed to realize. We will always fall short of the standard of God. No one is good. Even if you have completely obeyed all the commandments, rituals, and whatever spiritual discipline there is, you can never save yourself. That’s why Jesus said at the end of the Chapter about the rich man in Mark 10:
27 Looking at them, Jesus *said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”
Because having eternal life is really impossible since the standard was so high no man could reach it. But God made a way of making it possible – not through any man but only through His son. Jesus is the only way. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for us. Being poor in spirit is realizing this truth! We are not able to save ourselves and even be worthy of the grace that was given to us through Jesus Christ. No amount of good works will be worthy of eternal life, only faith in Him. When we are poor in spirit we are rich in the fullness of the grace of God. His grace is our only be our main source of hope and joy. May we be blessed as we overflow with thankfulness because of what He has done for us because of our poorness in spirit.