The Beatitudes are a blessing to those who fully understand what Jesus said. When we look at the original text and the translation there is a new and deeper understanding of how we are to live so we can inherit the Kingdom.
O the blessedness of the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven Matthew 5:3
We Are Broken
Are you poor in Spirit? Having awareness that you cannot do things on your own and need help from God then you are. When we empty ourselves of worldly desires we can seek God in humility. You see, when we place our full dependence on God we realize that we are inefficient and powerless without Him. When we are weak, we are strong. In Jesus we are made whole because when we accept Him as Lord and Savior, we give everything over to Him and loose ourselves of our earthly desires, God fills that void with the richness of the Spirit through a fuller knowledge and understanding of His Word. We turn our desires to Him alone through worship and praise.
Exalted or Humble
To truly understand the Word we must go to the Father in heartfelt humility. We enter into His life through the reading and Keeping of the Scripture. It is not easy when we are in and of the world where so many wish to be exalted. Fame and popularity now means nothing in the Kingdom of Heaven. We should do things for others without the need for accolades. The humble in spirit will be exalted in Heaven and the proud will be humbled.
What Can We Do?
Who do you live for, yourself or God? The opposite of what Jesus said can be true of the selfish on this earth; O the misery of the proud in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Self (Hebrew4Christians). Keep ourselves from being prideful in the things we do in this world and focus on the Father. Our accolade will come when we enter the Kingdom and He tells us “Well done, good and faithful servant”.