By: Undre Griggs, Jr.
It may sound counterproductive, but the first feature those who are blessed possess is a poor spirit. The Greek word for poor can be used in a negative way, which is speaking on destitute and impoverished. However, it can also be referenced in a positive way, which would be humility. Humility is important because it provides us the ability to endure the difficulties of life.
Matthew 5:3 (ESV): “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Whether we live a destitute life of poverty and sorrow, or we are maintaining a humble demeanor; it is essential we understand we are blessed. We should not look at our bank account to determine how pleased God is with us, nor should we assume when things go “bad” we are being punished. Jesus warned His disciples the world would hate them. He wanted to make sure they understood the world does not appreciate honesty, and will retaliate as a result. It is no different for us today. If we want to inherit the kingdom of God, we need to be committed to sharing the Gospel. Those who are humble enough to live a life serving others will be first in the kingdom of heaven. A life of service will often require you to endure ridicule, mistreatment, and loss of relationships. However, if you remain faithful, you will receive the greatest reward one can ever hope to receive.
Matthew 6:1-4 (ESV): “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Throughout the Bible, we are able to recognize the importance of having the right motivation. Our motivation should always be in love, with a desire to save the lost. Any reason other than love will fade over time. Relationships have high and low points, can be encouraging or discouraging; but without the proper foundation, our motivation will wane. We will find ourselves unwilling to maintain a selfless mindset, and we will quit sharing the Gospel and assembling with the body. Be blessed in your poverty and humility, for the reward waiting for you in heaven is worth much more than either.