Spiritual Poverty

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)

Most of us Christian folk think ourselves to be much holier than we are. We point the finger at others, not realizing that the very things we see and despise in them reside in us. Yet others see it. And we wonder why we are labeled hypocrites. If we could just resist pointing out the wrong in others and trying to right the wrong in others, maybe we’d see the wrong, or as Jesus says, the plank in our own eyes. If we are to confront, we should do so gently and lovingly.

In no way should we expect unbelievers to act like Christians or believe what Christians believe. When they do or say things we wouldn’t…that should come as no surprise. Show them Christ and let him Christianize them.

But O the day when we realize that we too are very much like those we perceive to be less mature than we are! Perhaps that is the day when spiritual poverty (humility, sense of weakness and reality–sober and accurate judgment of ourselves) will begin to reign in our lives.
Have you noticed that we thoroughly resist others when they point out our sins and shortcomings though they may be dead on?
Then again, once we do realize who we really are, we are tempted to fall into despair. But we need not. Let us see ourselves for who we are and beg for God’s grace. In him, in our weakness, we are strongest. He is gracious to those who are humble. He resists the proud, not the humble.
We need Jesus desperately, Immanuel, God with us. We need the God who comes and is coming.
O Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner. Amen.

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