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Communion Meditation (5) Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God. – Matthew 5:3

I should never come to the Table proudly, though I am to come with confidence.

Bread and WineI “have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus” (Hebrews 10:19). But there is no place for proud boasting at this Table, nor any where in the service of Christ. “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has be crucified to me, and I to the world” (Galatians 6:14).

This Table is a gift to me from the Lord, not my gift to Him. I am not doing the Lord a favor by being here. He is doing me a favor by inviting me here.

The benefit is all on my side. It cost Him His life. It gives me my life – a life in His kingdom.

His kingdom is righteousness, joy, and peace in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). These help me to share in the life of God now by bringing me joy and peace as I share God’s life by faith. I have kingdom fellowship with Jesus at this Table.

Jesus offers me this because of His deep love for and desire for fellowship with His people. In this, the church is “the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way” (Ephesians 1:22).

What does all of this have to do with my being poor in spirit? I bring nothing of value to Him. All the value I have is what He gives me. He fills me so I can be his fullness – but there is not one thing of which I can boast.

This is the way into His kingdom. This Table is all about the humility of thankfully, graciously receiving grace.

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