Matthew 5:3 talks about being “poor in spirit” – but what does that even mean, and how can it change our lives?

To really get what it means to be poor in spirit, we’ve gotta clear up some confusion. It’s not about being broke or not having good stuff; it’s more about being humble, letting go, and realizing we’re not the center of the universe. Being poor in spirit is about admitting we’re not perfect and that we really depend on Jesus.


So, how do we actually live out this whole being-poor-in-spirit thing? Here are some practical tips to help us make it happen:

  • Be Humble: Practice humility in your interactions with others. Rather than seeking recognition and validation, focus on serving and uplifting those around you. Recognize that everyone is facing their own challenges and approach each person with empathy and kindness.


  • Release Attachments: Identify the attachments in your life—whether they be material possessions, relationships, or ambitions driven by ego—and loosen your grip on them. True freedom arises from detachment, allowing you to experience life with a sense of lightness and ease.


  • Be Grateful: Cultivate a spirit of gratitude for the blessings in your life, no matter how small they may seem. Take time each day to reflect on the abundance surrounding you and express thanks for the gifts, both tangible and intangible.


  • Pursue Spiritual Growth: Invest in your spiritual well-being through practices such as prayer, meditation, and reflection. Carve out time for quiet contemplation and communion with the divine, allowing yourself to be nourished by the presence of the Holy Spirit within and around you.


  • Be Vulnerable: Be willing to embrace your vulnerabilities and imperfections, recognizing them as natural aspects of the human experience. Instead of masking behind a facade of strength, allow yourself to be authentic and open-hearted, understanding that true strength lies in embracing our shared humanity.


By embodying these practical steps and embracing the virtue of being poor in spirit, you can unlock the fullness of life and experience the richness of God’s kingdom within you.

Dare to embrace this truth, and witness how it transforms your life in ways you never thought possible.