Wade E Taylor
"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the
Kingdom of Heaven" Matt5:3.
The testimony of the Laodicean Church is recorded in Scripture.
"... I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need
of nothing," Rev 3:17a. Jesus exposed their true condition,
"Knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and
poor, and blind, and naked" Rev 3:17b. They said they
were rich, but Jesus told them that they were poor. This Church
spoke the opposite of that which the Lord said was to be the
attitude of our spirit, "Blessed are the poor inspirit."
These Laodicean Christians were "poor" in that
they were satisfied with riches that consisted of temporal
things, which would soon pass away. In effect, Jesus said
to them, "You said you were rich. I am telling you that
you are poor because you have placed your values in the wrong
world." Then He added a strong word of correction: "I
counsel thee to buy of me gold (Divine Nature)tried in the
fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou
mayest be clothed (Bride), and that the shame of thy nakedness
do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that
thou mayest see" Rev 3:18.
Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit." This
speaks of the attitude of our heart (QUALITY), rather than
the possession of actual material things(QUANTITY). The problem
with the Laodiceans was not their possessions, but their attitude
concerning them. They said that they had need of nothing.
They were spiritually satisfied because of the things that
The correction that the Lord desires to bring to each one
of us who finds ourselves to be satisfied with material possessions
will not be easy. It will require much of us. These Laodiceans
were told by Jesus to "buy of me gold tried in the fire."
This fire will burn away all dependence in, and satisfaction
with, material things. The real values are not to be found
in temporal things but rather in eternal things, which have
been wrought within our BEing upon the anvil of trials and
struggles. Far more than anything He could give us, the Lord
desires to change us into the image and likeness of our Lord,
Therefore, when we recognize that no matter what we may,
or may not possess of temporal things, we are to present ourselves
to the Lord in an attitude of poverty that we might receive
of Him eternal things. Only when we recognize how spiritually
poor we are, will we become spiritually hungry; and as a result,
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the
Lord is gracious" I Peter 2:2-3. Our spiritual life begins
as a helpless baby, possessing nothing. Because we are recognized
as being helpless, many will care for us and "feed"
us the Word, enabling us to grow, spiritually.
We may live on skid row, millionaires row, or somewhere between,
but we were all born equal in our lack of spirituality. To
those who recognize this, the Lord said "Blessed are
the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven."
To those having this attitude of material poverty, all things
of eternal value are available.
The "Kingdom" means that I have come into alignment
with His higher purposes. All other kingdoms become less in
value and subservient to the greater Kingdom of Heaven, of
which our Lord Jesus Christ is the living, reigning, Head.
I become a citizen and begin laying up "gold tried in
the fire" within this eternal Kingdom.
"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted"
Matt 5:4. Our natural soul life has strong drives and ambitions.
When we determine to become "poor," these drives
and ambitions will strongly protest and we cannot help but
mourn. We are not told that we will be free from these, but
that we will be comforted.
It seems that whenever I determine to fast, I discover that
the dining room at the Bible School is about to serve the
very best meal ever. Are they really? It sure "feels"
that way, but in reality this is not true. When I am physically
hungry, every natural thing looks good, and the soul power
within me begins to demand satisfaction. I must discipline
myself to rise above these intensified desires for natural
This reveals the true value of fasting. I am to lift these
strong natural desires up into the heavens and accept only
that which pertains to His Kingdom purposes. I am to seek
spiritual values and reject satisfaction from any lesser realm.
Jesus did this when He became extremely hungry and the enemy
tempted Him to satisfy His hunger by "turning stones
into bread." Jesus refused any satisfaction, until He
could receive from above. Later, an angel came and fed Him.
Not only was He rewarded for His obedience, but He received
an infinitely better meal.
We cannot lose when we make Jesus Lord of our lives. Eternal
values will become more important to us that any material
gain we may possess. "I counsel thee to buy of me gold."
Gold is of great value. It will not come to us easily or quickly.
Jesus "learned obedience through the things that He suffered"
(Heb 5:8). In His temptation, He suffered because there was
not an immediate satisfaction, but afterward what He received
was of far greater value.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom
of heaven." Having nothing, but possessing all. Consider,
could Jesus come to you today and tell you that you are Blessed?