Day 1 Beatitudes: Matthew 5:3

5-3

BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

How can someone who is poor even have a kingdom? At least what comes to mind when one thinks of a kingdom- your own personal land, stretched far and wide, a castle, servants, a treasury filled with gold and jewels – the fairy tale life.

The verse that comes to mind is “He who would save his life will lose it…” There is a grappling to establish my personal kingdom here, on the earth, where I live. I need my space, my needs met, my life. I don’t expect anything fancy, just the basic needs of love and belonging. Without these I fear my heart will break. Truly though, to seek a kingdom here– no matter how small or unassuming, is to find disappointment even in the short run.

POOR people are needy. Thiers is a messy tangled ball of needs where pulling one string makes a knot somewhere else. Where one meal offered doesn’t stop tomorrow’s hunger. Where a kind word is unexpected and a place of acceptance is never going to happen.

I am terrified of acknowledging being needy – on so many levels. I know that I am but to let that poverty have its place – to own it – that is so scary and, well, shaming. Like a turtle without a shell – unprotected, vulnerable – naked.

The Spirit reminds me in that perfect, original world, Adam and Eve were naked and unashamed. Unashamed in their complete and total dependence on their Creator. Unashamed and unafraid before they found themselves broken by sin.

Jesus is offering “rags to riches” – a KINGDOM to the one who will return and honor their poverty – the one who will embrace and trust His care. Let that be me.

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32

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3 thoughts on “Day 1 Beatitudes: Matthew 5:3

  1. I love the fairy tale picture you painted with respect to this verse. Mind if I run with it a little? You have my mind going 90 miles an hour. Thanks. 🙂

    Who doesn’t love a good fairy tale? A child of the king is lost in the big, bad, scary world. This child is faced with countless challenges. The wicked stepmothers certainly outnumber the fairy godmothers. However, the child of the king is eventually restored to the proper place in the kingdom.

    The gospel is certainly an unusual one, but a fairy tale nonetheless. When Adam and Eve sinned, all of humanity was thrown out into a scary world full of sin. But one day, our prince came. The Prince of Peace to be exact. Through his death, we are given the opportunity to return to our proper place in the kingdom. We face countless challenges in the form of temptation. The people and things attempting to lead us away from God far outnumber those calling us to him. So, we eagerly await our Prince’s return and the kingdom to which we are heirs.

    The life of a fairy tale protagonist is far from easy up until the “happily ever after.” Poverty seems to play a significant role in the early stages. Though Cinderella lived in a wealthy household, she herself had nothing and was a servant. Rapunzel was a princess, but I hardly call being locked in a tower living in the lap of luxury. Snow White lived in a cottage with blue collar miners. Not to mention Goldilocks, who probably would not have eaten the bears porridge had she had an array of food at her disposal. (Ok, so that one is inferring a little more than is stated, but I think it’s logical.)

    Just like the characters in these stories, we too are poor. (No, not financially poor, though it can seem that way each time payday draws near. When compared to others, we know that is not the case.) Even more importantly, we acknowledge that we are poor…in Spirit that is. We are sinful. We fail. We are incapable, at least on our own. We are poor. And unless we acknowledge that poverty and that emptiness unto ourselves, then we cannot be filled with him. And only those who are filled with him will enter the kingdom of heaven.

    Any other kingdom will fall or fade until nothing remains due to the ravages of greed, often our own and not others, and time. That is why we are charged to not store up treasures on earth. There is only one kingdom worth seeking.

    Acknowledge your poverty, seek constantly to be fill that void with God, and be restored to your proper place in the kingdom because you are a child of the king!

    Now where’s my tiara? 🙂

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    • The last time I saw the tiara Lillian was wearing it on her cowboy hat while dressed in her princess gown. The appropriate combo for life on the ground and knowing who we really are. : )

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  2. As a long time fairy tale lover (and secretly, a believer in them as a child), I very much appreciate your comments, Jen. Jesus is our Prince, and we are his Bride, waiting for that day when we will be joined in the Heavenly places. Thanks for “running with it.” 🙂

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