That’s right, I want to be bankrupt. I want to admit to you that I’ve messed up and don’t have the ability to pay my debts. I desire bankruptcy. Am I nuts?
The Bankruptcy I So Earnestly Want
The bankruptcy I want is of a spiritual nature not a financial one. And this is exactly where Jesus wants me to be. Look at how He began the longest and most important sermon of His earthly ministry:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:3 NIV
He could have led off with a joke or an entertaining parable, but no. Jesus jumps right in to the deep-end telling everyone that the “poor in spirit” are blessed. When He puts it right at the beginning of the single most important sermon that He knows is going to be recorded in the Bible for people like you and I to study for centuries to come, you get the idea that it must be urgently meaningful.
So, why haven’t I paid much attention to this verse before? And, more importantly, what exactly does it mean to be “poor in spirit”?
Well, I did a little research and found that being poor in spirit is acknowledging that you are spiritually bankrupt. It is humbly knowing, deep in your heart, that you are a sinner and that you can never live up to the holy standard on your own. It is recognizing your need for Jesus and what He did for us all on the Cross.
Here’s more of what it means to be poor in spirit:
So, blessed are those who realize their constant need for God over, above and beyond everything else. Blessed are those not chained to the material and passing pleasures and luxuries of this finite world. Blessed are those free from anything and everything that would interfere with an ever-growing awe of God’s mercy and love. Blessed are those who recognize that no matter how their life is going in the eyes of the world, they are successful in heaven when they are faithful on earth. Blessed are those who need nothing more than God’s love and want nothing more than to share that love with all they encounter. Who Are the “Poor in Spirit”? by Mark Hart
When you are poor in spirit, you crawl before the throne of God seeking His grace knowing without a doubt that you need it. I desire this bankruptcy.