When Jesus said that blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, to be poor in spirit means to have a childlike and contrite heart. It means not having a high opinion of yourself and your self-righteousness. It implies brokenness and penitence and the quality of readiness to repent. A person who is poor in spirit realizes his need for God and his help. Jesus says this kind of people are the ones who will go to heaven.
Now, contrast it with the attitude of some of us these days. This is a day of excusing of sin and claiming righteousness in the face of sin and misbehaviour. People misbehave or fall into sin, and instead of bowing their heart in repentance and brokenness before God, they brazenly make excuses for their misbehaviour and confess their righteousness and simply move on. No brokenness, no contrition, no conviction, no repentance. That sort of attitude grieves the Spirit of God away.
Some sinners have developed a reprobate mind because they won’t repent and receive the mercy of God. Similarly, many believers have grown a hardened heart because of their attitude, and thereby have limited or grounded the free flow of the work and operations of the Spirit in their hearts.
Check your heart. Do you have a contrite heart or a hardened heart? Are you poor in spirit or puffed up in spirit? Can God easily correct you, even through other people? Do you readily own up to your faults and seek to quickly make things right?
Your contrition and the ease with which you are broken shows the true level of your spirituality.
“But this is the one to whom I will look:
He who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” Isaiah 66:2
Can you join me to pray: “Father give me a contrite heart and make me poor in spirit. Any area of my life where I am hard and puffed up, break me Lord and make me truly humble and broken before you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”