The first thing Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount about the kingdom of heaven is the essentiality of poverty. In Matthew 5:3, He said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Thus, the first character quality of kingdom citizens identified by Jesus has to do with what we think about ourselves. Today we explore what it takes to become “poor in spirit” and why it is a necessary quality for kingdom citizenship.
5 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
– Matthew 5:1-3