The Keys to the Kingdom
By Dr. Cheryl A. Durham, D.B.S.
Today we are going to start a series about the world God calls us to live in. A world that is “Above and Beyond” the one we were born into.
This kingdom stands in stark contrast to our surroundings. Nevertheless, we will spend eternity in that kingdom. Jesus was not just referring to Heaven when He talks about His Kingdom. He came to Earth to proclaim its presence right here where we are.
The keys to that kingdom are in your heart. Who are those that live there?
Each time we will look at one aspect of the kingdom. Each aspect builds on the other and provides a character trait that must be present in order to be a kingdom citizen
Let us look at the first one.
Matthew 5:3- “Poor in Spirit”
“Blessed are the poor in spirit.” WOW! The word used for “poor” here literally implies a beggar. This person has nothing at all. He needs help just to survive. The Word, however, calls these people “blessed”. Why would Jesus want beggars?
This flies in the face of our culture that calls for self-confident, self-reliant, competent people with a high self-esteem.
YOU are meaning to tell me that God does not “help those who help themselves?” That’s humiliating!
Exactly right! The Kingdom has no place for people who esteem themselves. God wants spiritual beggars!
Why? Because to be emptied of self in humility before God and others allows us to see God and His purposes from His point of view. We see how proud we are and how pitifully incompetent we are without Him. Besides, is that not what Jesus did for us by coming here to die for our sins?
Spiritual beggars need God’s help for everything. That is exactly the way He wants it. He wants to be our provider and protector.
Bible Study Verses:
Matthew 5:3– “Blessed are the poor in spirit”
“Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”