Matthew 5:3

Matthew 5:3 KJV Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 
Today we start with the Beattitudes. Each starts with the word blessed. This word means supremely happy. This happiness does not come the circumstances around us. This happiness comes from a condition on the heart that is determined by our spiritual life. The first step towards this spiritual happiness is to be poor in spirit. The word poor means beggar; pauper; destitute. In others words, our desire for spiritual things is like one begging for bare essentials of life. Does this attitude describe our desire for a relationship with God? Are we just content with salvation but never knowing the depths of what this relationship really is? We should be careful not let others things interfere with our desire for a relationship with God. We must guard against settling for less than everything God desires us to have.