Jesus of Nazareth taught that the first Beatitude is:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
There are eight beatitudes in all but this is the first because without an individual being poor in spirit they cannot progress any further.
What is it to be poor in spirit? To be humble is to be poor in spirit. Poor is spirit may also be described as not having any spiritual currency to spend unless it is obtained from Jesus Christ.
I am unable to accomplish anything for Him of my fleshly self, unless He directs my path and provides me the resources to accomplish His Will in any situation.
Pride or self is an individual’s nemesis and its ultimate fruition leads to destruction whereas the fruit of humility is a life of peace, trust, and obedience to our Heavenly Father.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
When we humble ourselves to live this life God’s way, or as He designed life, then He will supply our every need and the scrambling to obtain the material things of this world ceases. This is when we enter into God’s rest.
When Jesus of Nazareth was extending an invitation for men to abide in the kingdom of God when He said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
There is a life of peace and rest that is available to every individual today, if they will simply with humility come to Jesus Christ and learn of Him.