The understanding of Matthew 5:3 (“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”) has eluded me until just a few days ago.
I know that I have the Holy Spirit so I did not view myself as poor in spirit. I wondered how anyone that was poor in spirit could inherit the kingdom of heaven.
I was thinking about this and I happened to hit the “compare” button in e-Sword (Free Bible on the Web) and I see that the word that is translated as poor means “a beggar”.
Then the verse became clear. You see, I am a beggar and I am always asking God for more understanding. Because understanding comes from the Holy Spirit then I am always begging for more of Him, so I am poor in spirit.
That may be a small thing to you, but everything that I am given is a big thing to me.