“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:3).
This am sure you know is not talking of physical financial poverty, such that we think it is difficult for a rich man to enter heaven.
Jesus had the best of graves to be buried in as Joseph of Arimathea was a rich man. So the word says He made His grave with the wicked and with the rich in His death. (Isaiah 53:9)
This spiritual poverty is the result of recognizing that apart from Him we can do nothing. It is when we get to know that we don’t know as we ought to know even of Him. It is a willingness to be broken and reduced to spiritual bankruptcy, meaning not only losing everything we once enjoyed by way of even spiritual knowledge but also making a fresh start by learning all over with all super previous knowledge wiped out. It is that ultimate goal and desire of he who will declare that;
“He must increase so that I must decrease” (John 3:30).
This is true spiritual poverty and the kingdom walk that we have been called into. This is when we have come to be reduced to Christ’s life from our human and religious ego. And this is the first requirement towards our inheritance in the kingdom. If we can’t be emptied then we cannot have the riches of the Kingdom of Heaven bequeathed to us. We will be like the Laodicean church, who said they were “rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing” but before the father, they were poor, blind, naked, and miserable (Revelation 3:17).
So we can rightly say the Kingdom belongs to those who have come to admit right from the beginning that they have nothing at all of themselves except such that the Father has given to them from above (John 3:27).
To be poor in spirit is being pliable and broken before the Father and it’s the gateway to our heavenly inheritance.