“Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . ” Q&A #10

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

Question: How will people who do not know they are “poor in spirit” find God?

Answer: If people have lost their ability to be as teachable as children, then there will probably come a time when something happens that forces them to become receptive and teachable. That receptivity is the key to connecting with God, our Father-Mother.

“When the sick or the sinning awake to realize their need of what they have not, they will be receptive of divine Science.” (S&H 323)

“Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea.” (S&H 323)

Some people, when first touched by the voice of God calling to them, may fight back:

“Though the divine rebuke is effectual to the pulling down of sin’s strongholds, it may stir the human heart to resist Truth, before this heart becomes obediently receptive of the heavenly
discipline.” (Ret. 80)

Mrs. Eddy tells us all to expect what is called a “wilderness” experience:

“Every individual character, like the individual John the Baptist, at some date must cry in the desert of earthly joy; and his voice be heard divinely and humanly. In the desolation of human understanding, divine Love hears and answers the human call for help.” (Mis. 81)

Practice: Ask yourself if you ever resist learning more about God? Do you cover your ears or shut your mind when truths are being read or spoken?

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

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