Tuesday, August 14, 2012
How's Your Spirit?
The other day I heard a speaker on the radio share his thoughts about the beatitudes. Immediately, I flashed back to a camping trip where I used pieces on a chess board to learn the beatitudes. I memorized the beatitudes by relating each of the eight beatitudes to a corresponding chess piece. The first chess piece, the rook, looks like a castle and it represents the castle or the kingdom, the first beatitude. Jesus told his followers, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven."
The gentleman was well-versed and offered an interesting point of view about the qualities of the followers of Jesus. Poor is not defined in monetary terms, but rather in a spiritual sense. To be poor in spirit is to recognize you need God. If you are the center of the universe, you are not poor in spirit.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? If the spirit you see is in need of God and you turn to Him to be filled up, you will inherit the kingdom of Heaven. Please let me know how your spirit is in the comments section. If you prefer to keep your comments private, feel free to email me.