“On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” — Mark 2:17
“‘Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build me? And where is the place of my rest? For all those things my hand has made, and all those things exist,’ says the Lord. ‘But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at my word.’” — Isaiah 66:1-2
No one likes the phrase “poor in spirit.” We don’t even need to know what it means. We just know we dislike the sound of it. We cringe at the suggestion of weakness. Our pride can’t help but recoil.
Technically we’re all poor in spirit, whether we like it or not. It’s an inherent part of being human. When Christ said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” He was declaring blessing for us if we acknowledge the reality of our human weakness. He was saying that, in surrendering our self-importance, we accept God as our Defender, our Savior and our Adonai. We learn to love Him as our superior.
In today’s First 20, ask God to help you shed your pride and increase your confidence in Him. In your Crew, spend time discussing what prevents you from being poor in spirit.
Feel your pride yet? Mine is throwing a tantrum.
Our God hears,