These blogs on Poor in Spirit are presented with the intent to show that character matters, and Christian character matters most. There cannot be a loftier pursuit in our Christian life than to take on the character of the Christ. This is the will of God for every believer – to be like Jesus; this is our ultimate goal. Character matters, we can learn this by His example. As we follow Him we can live a productive Christian life worthy of our Creator, the ultimate character shaper, Jesus. Thus Christian character needs to be developed. Character is what gets you through the day to day battle of this life. Christian character endures and perseveres. The last three decades I have learned there is more for me to learn in how my character is to be continually transformed from one moment to the next. Consequently, I have learned some valuable lessons about the Christian walk and wanted to share those with fellow soldiers who are fighting, day by day, in a world that is not our home, as we are reminded in Philippians 3:20,
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. (NASB)
If our primary focus is the development of Christian character we have to begin by looking at discipleship in general, by returning to where Jesus started: the Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount. When we address the Beatitudes we will focus at the beginning and look at the first Beatitude in Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (NASB)
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus taught His disciples character was foundational to the Christian experience, and I have learned to understand why in part and learning more and more each day of my walk. I also wanted to write this blog hoping the Church can wake up from its slumber, one Christian at a time as Christian character is developed in its individual members. My reason for considering the Church to be in a slumber is based on what appears from my observation: the WesternChurch not being focused on building people. I see building in the Church, but it is building projects and about building the numbers of those who sit in the pews. I see political and social activity with attempts of changing the world instead of Jesus’ focus on changing people. I am not passing judgment upon these activities, rather, I would like to challenge churches to emphasize what Jesus and the writers of the Epistles emphasized: character matters. I also wanted to write this blog for my children whom I desire to be all that Jesus wants them to be – that is not going to happen without Christian character.
This blog will be intentionally presented in small Scriptural meditations that are easily swallowed and are meant to be meditated on or discussed in a small group setting. They will appear under the link: Poor in Spirit and do not necessarily need to be read daily, and the reader is encouraged to go forward when he/she understands what was presented. I pray that you take these lessons as they were intended: to equip the saints.
And He himself gave some as apostles, and some prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, here and thereby waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. (Ephesians 4:11-16, NASB, emphasis added)
Start praying today about committing yourself to allowing the Holy Spirit create in you the passion to develop Christian character for that is His desire for you.