“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “
What is happiness? Happiness is being poor in spirit… this sounds a little counter-intuitive doesn’t it?
Please understand that the word “blessed” is another way of saying happy or joyful, and here Jesus is saying that the joyful ones are “poor in spirit”. So let’s think about this: what would someone who’s poor in spirit be like?
They would be someone who is not full of themselves, who is not prideful, boasting and loud. A person who is poor in spirit is a person who realizes that they can’t do everything on their own; they are a person who is willing to give their life to God’s care.
The person who is not poor in spirit is full of themselves, boastful and loud. They are always filled with the stress of having to appear better than they really are. This person is always desperate to have others think they are bigger, smarter, stronger than the rest, even though they probably know the truth themselves. This person can never rest, can never let down their guard; at a party they always have to have the quick and clever comeback. They always need to have a better story or higher knowledge on every subject… and the more they talk the clearer it becomes to everyone else that they can’t back it up. What a miserable existence!
That poor soul is not a citizen of the kingdom of heaven, because there is no room for God in their life. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take poor in spirit any day…