“Blessed are the poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:3)

Every week at our church we have something transitional in the order of service. It’s a short exhortation that helps us transition from our occupation with the secular, and focus our thoughts on the sacred. Various elders and aspiring leaders are given the opportunity to present these, and I’ve included one below.

by Stephan Landers

Everyone is looking for happiness. We live in a culture driven by entertainment. We run after everything that we think will bring us contentment, only to find that we are still dissatisfied. This leads me to ask: What is true happiness?

Some would tell us that it comes from wealth, fame, material possessions, and security. Others would say it comes from pushing your way to the top of whatever ladder you’re climbing. Happiness, they say, is reserved for the proud.

But is that what the bible teaches? Jesus Christ, in The Sermon on the Mount, gives us 8 characteristics of truly happy people. The first one is on the cover of the bulletin and it says, Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

He tells us that the blessed are those who know that they are wicked sinners, who see their absolute inability to help themselves, and cry out as the tax collector did saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” Happiness is actually reserved for those who can stand before a Holy God, having his grace showered upon you, and being granted entrance into His kingdom.

So I ask you. How long has it been since you have poured out your heart to the Father? Are you confessing sin, asking for help, and being dependent on him for everything. If not, let me encourage you to start today. It’s only through poverty of spirit that a person can find the riches of true happiness.

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