by: Pastor Joey Vazquez
Matthew 5:3 (NLT) “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
In the fifth chapter of the Book of Matthew, Jesus preaches the most significant sermon of His ministry. It is known as the Sermon on the Mount and the things that He taught in that sermon are stunning, revolutionary, and hard to grasp because they go against the very grain of our sinful nature. His first words were the verse above, and it was the best way that He could have started. This verse begins the list of things known as the Beatitudes that Jesus said led to a blessed life. The first beatitude is being “poor in spirit,” which the New Living Translation accurately translates and recognizes as those who realize their need for God. It's a great place to start because whether everyone realizes it or not, we all have a need for God. As a matter of fact, it's the greatest need that we have in our lives and sadly, not many know it and suffer the consequences.
It is only those that acknowledge their need for the God who made them that then live blessed lives. In addition to this, it is only those same people who will make it to heaven. No one who doesn't know that they need God will make it to heaven. But that's not all. Those who don't realize their need for God and therefore don't ever seek him suffer the pain of living life without purpose. People without purpose just live for the moment, hoping for the best. They must keep busy because if they stop to think about things and about the fact that each day that they live is a day less that they have left, they will go into a deep depression. That's why there are so many people with addictions. Even people who think they are okay suffer from addictions because they need something to keep them going. Whether it is drugs, alcohol, sex, money, work, or relationships, everyone is looking for anything to sustain them through this often hurtful and lonely life.
It's people that realize their need for God that begin to look for Him, and the good news is that whoever looks for Him, finds Him (Matthew 7:8). When you find God, you find the most valuable treasure that exists because you were made by Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16). The bottom line is that everyone needs God because we were specifically created to fellowship and interact with Him. When He is missing in your life, your soul goes on a never-ending quest to find something to satisfy a deep longing that only a relationship with God can satisfy. But the Lord made it simple for us. When you realize your need for Him, He blesses you with His presence in your life. When you look for Him, you find Him. When you find Him, it is well with your soul. If you don't realize it already, then be counted among the poor in spirit who God blesses by acknowledging your need for Him. It's the first rung on the ladder that climbs to the highest standard of living and of being like our Savior Jesus. Start there and be blessed!
Pastor Joey Vazquez