“Blessed are the poor in spirit . . .” Q&A #3

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Question: Why do people become “poor in spirit”?

Answer: Anything that would cause us to lose interest in God and our need to be obedient to Him, would darken our thought, and prevent us from seeing God’s spiritual riches. Without the light
of God, we may not even know we are poor, until the time comes when we need Him. For instance, the Bible warns us:

“For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.” (Proverbs 23)

“How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth,
and thy want as an armed man.” (Proverbs 6)

The above citation does not mean you are not to get a good night’s rest, but that we are not to let ourselves fall asleep to the job of being of service to God. We need to hear His voice. God is heard
by those who are awake. The truly “poor in spirit” are those who have awakened to see how desperately lacking they have become in spirituality, even if rich in material things.

Further Study: For today, read in the Bible about a young boy who was able to hear God’s voice calling him at night. Thanks to his listening, Samuel became a great spiritual prophet. The story of
Samuel hearing God’s voice can be found in the Bible in First Samuel 3, verses 1-10. You can be a Samuel, too!

(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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