Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Matthew 5:3 (NKJV)
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
What truth is revealed? “Poor in spirit,” is another way of saying, “humble.” Jesus is telling us that the kingdom of heaven belongs to those that are humble.
What is the command, wisdom or promise? I would consider this a word of wisdom from Jesus. Jesus is calling His followers to follow His example of walking in humility. (The 2nd Chapter of Philippians talks about the humility of Christ and lays this command on us: “Let this mind that was in Christ be in you.”)
What does this mean to/for me? This word of wisdom causes me to examine my own life and the ego that motivates me. Am I living for my own personal glory? Am I living for God’s glory? Am I living to be a blessing to others? Humility means that loving and serving God must be my top priority. Humility means that loving and serving others must be my second priority. Humility means that I am in third place. (Sorry to the folks at “I Am Second,” because, I Am Third!)
What action can/should I take? It means that everyday when I wake up, I need to ask God how I can most effectively serve His purposes that day. It means that everyday I need to look for opportunities to serve others—both in word and in deed. Lastly, it means that I need to let God shape my ego in the prayer closet.
As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.