The boy who would become king over Israel saw himself as he was: a servant rather than a member of the royal court. We read that Saul rewards David with the hand of his daughter in marriage, thus making David a member of the royal family. David’s response is similar to that of Moses and Gideon as seen in 1 Samuel 18:18,
Then David responded, “Who am I, and what is my family or my father’s clan in Israel that I should the king’s son-in-law?” (HCSB)
Who am I? That is the question that needs to be asked. In order for Christian character to be developed in you and to be poor in spirit there is only one answer to the question. The answer required is: I am nothing apart from the Holy Spirit’s work in my life. I bring nothing to the table. I bring nothing that is noble in character. I am only an empty vessel that can be filled with the Spirit of God to accomplish His perfect will in my life. That is what Moses, Gideon, and David shared. They had in common an attitude of being poor in spirit.
We begin the transformation to Christian character with nothing. We consequently end with possessing everything when we possess the kingdom of heaven. How is it that we start with being poor in spirit and end with the kingdom of heaven? What steps are common with the men of faith that we have seen, and will see, that the everyday believer can take to become poor in spirit and possessor of the kingdom?
Step 1: Recognize that God loves and values you. There is no doubt that God loves each and every one of us for that is the character of God.
… for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:8-10, NASB)
God is love and He shows us His love in many ways. The supreme way He has shown His love to us is through reconciling us to Him by the sacrificial work of Jesus Christ. You cannot read the Word of God without seeing it played out over and over again: God loves you and makes it possible to live in His presence. We need to remember that He went looking for us when we were lost in our sins and rejoiced greatly when we were redeemed by Him. Read the three parables in Luke Chapter 15 and thank God that He sought after us until we were found.
We love, because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19, NASB)
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her. (Ephesians 5:25, HCSB)
But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us. (Romans 5:8, Amplified)
God wants to do great things in you; you just need to let Him do it. Be encouraged by the following from Alan Redpath in The Making of a Man of God:
If your self-will, your rejection of God’s principles of life, your compromises, have driven you into a desperate plight, remember that God loves you, that He is still planning great things for you, and that He alone can deliver you. The moment you stop fighting against Him and humble yourself before Him, when you encourage yourself in the Lord and inquire of Him, at that moment He is there (emphasis in the original).
Read and meditate upon the following passages and realize that God loves and values you: Psalm 91:14; Hosea 14:4; John 15:12-13; 1 John 3:16; John 3:16; John 15:9; Galatians 2:20; Revelation, 1:5