What does it mean to be poor in spirit? Does it mean the spirit of God does not dwell within
you? Or, perhaps you are just not a spiritual person? Maybe it means you don't feel the
spirit of God moving in your life like others claim to!
The prodigal son in Luke was so full of himself his father's house couldn't contain him. He asked for his inheritance and left home to make a life on his own. Only when he was completely broke and eating with the swine did he realize his poverty and that by returning to his father's house he could again be rich. But when he returned home, he no longer had anything of his own. Everything now belonged to his father. He could live there and be filled and taken care of but he had nothing of his own. He had been welcomed home poor and destitute; just as he was. That is just how God does us. He is waiting with open arms to take us into His Kingdom but we have to come to Him empty of ourselves and willing to be filled with His spirit. Once we enter His Kingdom, we have nothing of our own. Everything we have is on loan from Him. But that's alright because He is our Father and since we are going to live with Him forever, that makes us rich!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
What are you doing with your spirit? What are you doing with the resources God has placed inside you? When you empty yourself of your own spirit, you also empty yourself of your own will. God gives each of us certain talents and abilities and when we return home to Him, He expects us to use these abilities to further His Kingdom. I'm sure when the prodigal son returned home his life wasn't one big party. He was expected to do his share of work in his father's house. God expects us to use what He blesses us with. Don't bury your talents if you want to be rich in the Fahter's Kingdom!
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