Being poor in spirit means that you see and accept your spiritual bankruptcy so that you can make room for the treasures of Christ. (Gray, Derwin “The Good Life” pg. 47)
Day 65 of Russia’s war on Ukraine. Yesterday, while the Chief of the United Nations was in the capital of Ukraine, Russia “rained down” missiles upon Kviv along with many other civilian targets around the nation. This is indiscriminate shelling of civilian targets. Russia continues to stack war crimes on top of war crimes, and the world sits by and watches. The ever-worthless United Nations could have lost the head of their organization and they continue to do nothing to end this conflict. The United Nations, that was created for this exact reason, is displaying how useless they are.
I jumped ahead to the end of Chapter Two of Dr. Derwin Gray’s “The Good Life” to share some of his key points of that chapter today and tomorrow. In Chapter Two, Dr. Gray discusses Jesus’ first line of “The Beatitudes” when He preached “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs”(Matthew 5:3). Dr. Gray states that the “word poor in Hebrew can be translated to ‘humble.’ God is attracted to the humble or poor in spirit”(Gray, Derwin “The Good Life” pg. 26). This definition of being “poor in spirit” when translated as being “humble in spirit” makes more sense to me. I never understood why the “poor in spirit” would have the Kingdom of Heaven as their reward. I always argued that someone who was rich in the Spirit, as in they lived a righteous life that dripped with influence from the Holy Spirit, they would surely have the keys to the Kingdom.
Or maybe we are all wrong. Maybe the translation is off. Maybe what Jesus really said was “Blessed are the poor, in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.” One extra comma shifts this line of scripture back to the poor. Many in the world think that the poor around the world are not blessed, but many poor are rich in Spirit because they are not consumed with materialistic wants and needs, and they depend more on God and Jesus than the affluent tend to do.
All these are possible translations and explanations for this first “Beatitude”. I do love Dr. Gray’s analysis and offerings in his book as he seeks to guide readers on the pursuit of true happiness. Speaking of happiness, click on the image below to hear Skye Jethani give an accurate and scalding perspective about Florida Governor DeSantis’ battle against “The Happiest Place On Earth.” This week’s episode of The Holy Post has some amazing discussions about current events erupting in America right now.
Today I am sharing my favorite track from Ms. Anne Wilson’s sure-to-be-award-winning debut album, “My Jesus.” With a chorus where Ms. Wilson sings, “Ain’t talkin about a Sunday only, acting Holy, easy kind of faith. Ain’t talkin about a barely going through the motions, empty kind of place. I’m talkin about a heart that looks like Jesus, like His hands, like His feet,” this song, “That’s What We Need,” is just what the title states: what the world needs right now. Click below and save this one wherever you get your music from.