“Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . ” Q&A #8

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

Question: Why is being “teachable” so important to being “poor in spirit”?

Answer: Because God has SO MUCH to teach us! Unless we are humble, and willing to listen to God’s instructions, we cannot gain entrance to the kingdom of heaven. The problem is that some
people, after they decide they “know it all,” refuse to open their mind to new ideas or points-of-view. We need to remain as teachable as children.

The Bible often reminds us to ask God to teach us, since He is willing to do so:

“Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.” (Psalms 25)

“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” Psalm 32)

“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” (Proverb 9)

“And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.” (Isaiah 54)

That “great . . . peace” referred to above is another way of describing the kingdom of heaven. We gain it by being willing to learn what God has to teach us.

Practice: Can you think of some Bible characters who were willing to listen to God or His angels, and learn something new? How did that change their lives?

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

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