“Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!”
Matthew 5:3 GNT
The attitude of spiritual poverty always follows the poor in the spirit. I know you may be thinking: “what is the character that goes with it?”
The answer to this question is in God’s Word.
Let’s see ?
“Jesus also used this illustration with some who were sure that God approved of them while they looked down on everyone else. He said, “Two men went into the temple courtyard to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed, ‘God, I thank you that I’m not like other people! I’m not a robber or a dishonest person. I haven’t committed adultery. I’m not even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my entire income.’ “But the tax collector was standing at a distance. He wouldn’t even look up to heaven. Instead, he became very upset, and he said, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ “I can guarantee that this tax collector went home with God’s approval, but the Pharisee didn’t. Everyone who honors himself will be humbled, but the person who humbles himself will be honored.”
Luke 18:9-14 GW
The above scripture shows the attitude of two people that went to the temple to pray; at the end of their prayers only the tax collector went home justified. He knew he was spiritually destitute of God while the Pharisee magnified his works as if it was his good deeds that would get him saved or take him to heaven. This is the reason many will miss heaven, they keep portraying self righteousness through their works instead of leaning on the finished work of Christ on the cross as their key to heaven.
Also, I would love to draw your attention to the fact that the prayer of the tax collector was not a new formula of approach to God. If you know you have sinned before praying, confess it! But that is not a new tradition to always approach God and call yourself a sinner, because you’re not. You used to be a sinner and now that you are born again you’re a saint. But if you sin, confess it!
The above scripture emphasizes on our daily attitude towards God, and helps us to remember that it is because of what Jesus Christ has done for us that qualifies us for heaven and not what we have achieved or accomplished in this life. As a child of God, all our achievements are as a result of this one truth; Jesus Christ emptied Himself on our behalf and died on the cross for our salvation.
This is the reason why you don’t try to grow in being spiritually poor. You can grow in every area of your walk with God, but you must stay spiritually poor to know God and inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.
God always honors the spiritually poor because they’re the ones who inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.
Remember, your attitude determines your altitude!
Humility is not humiliation.
Stay humble if you want God to honor you.
Help me Father by Your Spirit to always manifest the attitude of humility in my daily walk with You in Jesus Name, Amen.