Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Starting off with the Beatitudes--"The Poor in Spirit"

Hi Friends~

As I stated in the last post, we are going to look at the Beatitudes from the writings of different Pastors who shared their thoughts in the Disciple Journal in November/December, 2003.  I will be sharing excerpts from their writing to keep this to a one cup of tea or coffee size reading!

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."  (Matthew 5:3)
The Pastor who wrote for the Disciple Journal on this topic is David W. Henderson.  This Pastor went away on a weekend retreat to spend some quiet time with God.  He met up with other Pastors before hand, and heard about some quality time they had at previous outings.  He felt bad because he had been swimming, paddling hiking, napping and very little time, according to him seeking His face.  So, the last night, he climbed up on top of the bunk house's roof, and stared at the stars.  He thought of a Scripture he had tucked into his mind years before.
"You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.  But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.  I counsel you to buy from me my gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and a white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see."
(Rev. 3:17-18)
It was there that he slipped from his disappointment to praise!  Yes!  I thought! It is here that I derive my ability to lead.  I serve because God Saved me from myself---and Saves me still--not because I merit the office.  He had renewed in me a heart of gratitude.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3)
Besides calling the Disciples to stop whatever job they were doing and  follow Him instead...the first real words Jesus said to them was the above Verse. Pastor Henderson concluded that accepting Jesus' teaching requires at least two things of us: acknowledging our impoverished condition and depending upon God's plentiful provision.  Yet, all that we have is a gift.
In ourselves, we are incapable of doing anything that will endure.
"It is not that we think we can do anything of lasting value by ourselves.  Our only power and success come from God."  (2 Cor. 3:5)
Coming up short and knowing it:  that is what it means to be poor.  And that's what God wants us to see.  I have, I am nothing.

Well, I think we will stop here as for reading about the first part of the Scripture:  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, "  Soon we will learn a bit more about the second half of this Beatitude.  "...for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3)


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Traci S.


  1. The beatitudes have great meaning to me. I find them a thoughtful way for me to walk as a Christian.

    I continue to pray for this blog and all the readers. If you have a special need, please let Traci know. I will certainly add the prayer need to my daily list. Today, I prayed as I walked home from work. it is a 2 1/4 mile walk.

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  3. Coming up short, and knowing it. Oh, how true!
    Thank you for sharing with us such thought provoking insights into the Word! I look forward to reading your posts. They are truly a blessing.


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