Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit | The Beatitudes for Kids

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit | The Beatitudes for Kids

January 25, 2020 0 By William Hollis


What does it mean to be poor in spirit? Hey guys it’s me again, Douglas, and today
I wanted to talk to you guys about the Beatitudes. Yeah, well we’re just going to
focus on one specifically. But I did want to give, I did want to give an
explanation on what the Beatitudes are. Because, see, in the Bible in the
book of Matthew, there’s this section called the Sermon on the Mount, where
Jesus took his disciples and He preached a sermon to them. And there’s this
section, actually it’s the beginning section of the Sermon on the Mount, where
Jesus says these eight different kinds of people, that most folks would think
were, you know, really unfortunate. But Jesus says that they are blessed. And
so in the first Beatitude, the first blessing, the one we’re going to be
talking about today, Jesus says blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven. Now that idea of being poor in spirit, saying “poor in spirit”,
is not something that I usually, you know, sneak into my daily conversations.
It’s not something that I hear a lot. I feel like I’ve heard it in church but I
didn’t really understand what they were saying. And one of the translations of
the Bible it says, “Blessed are the spiritually needy,” instead of saying poor
in spirit they say “spiritually needy” which is you know pretty much the same
thing, but it kind of helps me to understand what Jesus was getting at a
little bit here. Cuz see, in all of these Beatitudes Jesus is pretty much
talking about the real way to be happy. Cuz see, in these Beatitudes, He’s talking
about eight different kinds of people who seem unfortunate. They seem like they
should be very unhappy. People that you would think are not very blessed. But
Jesus says that that is the way to true happiness. Those people are blessed. Now
for me I really hate being needy. You know I want to be self-sufficient. I heard
somebody say that’s the other day, “self-sufficient.” That’s like a big word
but it means, do things on your own. You don’t need help from anybody. And I feel
like a lot of people would say that that is a virtue. You know that’s something
that is a very good important thing to be is self-sufficient, not needing help
from anyone. You know there was this one time there was this carnival in town and
I don’t know if you ever seen a carnival but they’ve got these big rides, you know
like a ferris wheel, and they’ve got these games you know where you can win
prizes, and my friends and I we were all going to go to this carnival. And I knew
it was going to cost some money but I no idea how much money it was gonna cost
to do this carnival. Because not only do you have to pay to get into the carnival
but then you got to pay for every single ride. I don’t know if all carnivals are
this way, but the carnival we went to was. So you know you had to pay to get in,
which, it was more than I thought it was gonna be. And all of the money
that I brought to go spend at the carnival, I had to spend just to get in
the door. And then once I was there everything to do, all the fun stuff cost
money. And I didn’t have any more money. And so if I wanted to do any of the
stuff with my friends, I needed them to pay for me … which was really embarrassing.
I didn’t want them to pay for me, but either they were gonna pay for me to go
on these rides with them, or I just wasn’t going to get to go on any rides
with them, or play any games, or really do any of the fun stuff at the carnival. Now
they were happy to help, but I still didn’t like that feeling of needing
somebody else, you know that feeling of of being needy. Now the truth is that we
are all spiritually needy, right? We all need God. But I think for a lot of people
that feeling of being needy, that feeling of needing someone else, you know that
feeling of being, you know, spiritually poor, is uncomfortable. We don’t like that
feeling. We want to be able to do everything on our own. We want to be
self-sufficient, but we all need God. And so if you aren’t spiritually poor, if you
aren’t spiritually needy, if you aren’t the poor in spirit, then you’re trying to
pretend that you don’t need God. And that might make you feel a little bit better
for a little while but that’s not the way to true happiness. Jesus says, “Blessed
are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” And then the part
where it says, “for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” that’s kind of tricky too
because when we’re talking about the kingdom of heaven, we’re not talking
about like a castle that belongs to God, no they’re talking about like the
reign or the authority of God. So it would be a little bit like if my dad owned the
carnival, right? You know if my dad owned the carnival it wouldn’t matter if I
didn’t have any money, I could still go on all the rides I could still play all
the games because they’d be like, “Oh, that’s the owners kid.” And so if we
accept the fact that we are needy, that we are spiritually poor, if we recognize
that fact and we accept that we need God, that’s the path to true happiness. That’s
the kind of person who is blessed. So that’s my challenge to you guys today is
that you would recognize your spiritual neediness. Recognize that you are poor
in spirit. Recognize that you need God. Because if you do the whole world will
open up to you. The path to true happiness is not by pretending that
you’ve got it all together. Because when you truly accept that you need God, then
yours is the kingdom of heaven. Hey guys, I hope you liked this video and
hey I’m so excited to start in on this new series with all the Beatitudes. I’m
super excited it’s gonna be a lot of fun and it’s really, really important stuff.
Yeah, so hey, in the comment section I wanna hear from you guys about, you know,
today’s beatitude talking about being spiritually needy. I wanna hear from
you guys. I want to hear an example of a time where you needed someone’s help.
You know maybe you didn’t want any help, but you really needed someone’s
help and someone came in and they helped you out. Because, now every time that
happens to me, I remember this Beatitude. I remember that I need God and that
recognizing that need for God is the way to be truly blessed. I hope to hear from
you guys in the comments!