Words from the Heart for Tuesday March 2nd, 2021
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:3 (NKJV)
Poor in Spirit
Child poverty is expected to rise above pre-COVID levels for at least five years in high-income countries. Yet, only 2 per cent of government-provided financial relief across OECD and EU countries was allocated to support children and families raising children during the first wave of the pandemic, according to a new UNICEF report. Many children and youth in Canada were struggling before the pandemic started. About one in five children in Canada were living in poverty.
Poverty isn’t always financial, although Christians are called to do all we can to alleviate this kind of poverty. There is also spiritual poverty, and Jesus speaks clearly about this in Matthew 5:3: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” This is a classic example of how the Kingdom of God turns the principles of the world on their heads. How is it possible that those who recognize their spiritual poverty are filled with joy, which is what the word blessing means. It is only when a person becomes aware of their great spiritual need that they will also recognize their need for Jesus. I recently heard Dr. Francis Collins, head of the National Institutes of Health in the US, share his testimony of coming to faith in Jesus Christ. He said that once he reached the point of believing there is a God who created the universe, his own need for a Saviour became evident. Dr. Collins has a brilliant mind. He is one of the greatest scientists in our day. But he recognized his own spiritual poverty, which led him to faith in Jesus Christ. All of us who have come to experience the joy of knowing Jesus started by recognizing our spiritual poverty.
These have been words from the heart.