Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. – Matthew 5.3-5
One of the great passages of Jesus’ teaching is what we can the ‘Sermon on the Mount.’ In this message Jesus instructs His people how to live in His kingdom while still in this earthly realm. It is a hard concept to grasp, but it is the same thing that Peter talks about when he tells the believers in exile to live as pilgrims and strangers.
We are to be His ambassadors in this world and that is a good part of what the Sermon deals with.
At the very beginning He gives us the key to blessings. I put them in three sections; a blessed spirit, blessed behaviour, and blessed under trials.
In this first section Jesus says blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are those who mourn, and blessed are the meek.
I think these sort of lay the foundation. If we don’t realise our weakness of spirit and if we don’t mourn over our sin and if we don’t have a meek and gentle spirit toward God’s leadership nothing else in the rest of the sermon is going to be possible. We need the right heart.
As we start this look at Kingdom living – let’s start with the right kind of spirit.