“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 5:3)

Do you want to hear the Lord speaking?

Jesus said becoming poor in spirit is a requirement for hearing His voice.  What does it mean to be poor in spirit?  The Pharisees were rich in spirit.  The scribes were rich in spirit. So were the Christians in Laodicea: “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’  But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked” (Rev. 3:17).

Taking “a 180” … the tax collectors were poor in spirit.  The oppressed were poor in spirit.  Jesus made a policy when He said that the kingdom of God belongs to the poor in spirit.

Being poor in spirit means having a childlike humility and a desperation for the Lord.  Jesus Himself showed us what being poor in spirit was all about.  He who was rich emptied Himself and became a slave “taking the form of a bond-servant” (Phil. 2:7).

As He lived on Earth, Jesus lived in constant desperation and in need for His Father.  He indicated this when He said, “I can do nothing on my own” (John 5:30).  Notice what He said to us, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Do you want to hear the Lord speaking?

Become poor in spirit … stay poor in spirit.  Because the day you cease to be desperate and in need of the Lord is the day you will become rich in spirit and your ears will be mute to the voice of Christ.