Re:Verse passage – Matthew 5:1-12 (day two)

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

When few would ever want to know what you think about religious matters, when you’ve never been welcomed into the inner circle of the “lauded and applauded,” when you’ve wondered if anybody in the congregation really cares about you, when you can’t imagine ever having the confidence to voice your deepest questions in front of others, when you’ve doubted for years that God pays attention to someone like you, this is the place of spiritual poverty. Just as with economic poverty, the conventional wisdom blames spiritual poverty on those who live in it – as if a person chooses that circumstance. The biggest refutation of that belief is right here in the words of our Lord. “I see you,” Jesus says, “and you are beautiful to me.”

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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