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Several years ago, my wife and I were part of a short-term mission team that traveled to Nicaragua. We provided a children’s program, traveling to cities and remote villages. We also took a day to do some tourist things. I remember going to the shopping area in one town. It was a well-known area frequented by tourists. It was an outdoor, walking mall with several shops and small restaurants. Elaine and I decided to eat lunch at a restaurant with outdoor tables. As we ate our food, we noticed a young boy standing not too far away. We were not overly hungry and didn’t finish our food. When we rose to leave, the boy who had been standing nearby sat down at our table and began eating our left-over food. He ate quickly until the restaurant staff chased him off.
When I think of the poor in spirit, this young boy comes to mind. The poor do not have money to buy food. They are hungry and looking for a meal. Jesus said in Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”(NIV) Being poor in spirit involves spiritual hunger. We need the mercy and grace of God to fill us, because we can’t satisfy the spiritual hunger ourselves.
The poor in spirit are blessed because God satisfies their spiritual hunger by giving them life in his kingdom.
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