“Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . ” Q&A #7

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

Question: How can grown-ups become “as little children,” as Jesus taught?

Answer: Sometimes, people who have lost their “childlikeness” have to be forced to see they are “poor in spirit.” Mary Baker Eddy offers an explanation:

“The sharp experiences of belief in the supposititious life of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless woes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love. Then we begin to
learn Life in divine Science.” (S&H 107)

The severe problems we have in life may actually help us regain our childlike trust in God, our Father-Mother.

In order to maintain our “childlikeness,” we all must undergo what is called “the new birth”:

“The new birth is not the work of a moment. It begins with moments, and goes on with years;
moments of surrender to God, of childlike trust and joyful adoption of good; moments of self-abnegation, self-consecration, heaven-born hope, and spiritual love.” (Mis. 15)

There is always a reward to our turning to God in need, just as the first Beatitude promises.
Mrs. Eddy writes:

“When, as little children, we are receptive, become willing to accept the divine Principle and rule of being, as unfolded in divine Science, the interpretation therein will be found to be the Comforter
that leadeth into all truth.” (Mis. 189)

Further Study: Have you read the 23rd Psalm lately? Read it today, and think about how we can trust God to care for us, as a shepherd cares for his sheep.

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

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