The first Beatitude according to Matthew is distinct from the other Gospels. In the other Gospels, Jesus calls the poor blessed, but in Matthew's is the poor in spirit. This distinction helps us to better understand and answer God's call to each of us.
We are not being called to life of poverty; poverty does not equate holiness. We are being called to a particular way of spiritual life rather than physical life. Jesus is inviting us to live a humble life, one that depends on and trusts in God. We see examples of those poor in spirit, who put their trust entirely in the Lord only a little later in Matthew's Gospel. When Jesus is approached by a Centurion, a Roman military man, we are given example of pure trust in the Lord. The Centurion says, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed." Jesus is amazed by this man's faith and praises him, promising him a place the table in the Kingdom of Heaven.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven."
To be poor in spirit today is not much different than what the faithful Centurion modeled for us. We are called to have complete faith in what God will do in our lives. We are called to humbly recognize that we are not worthy of God's incredible presence in our lives, but God is still with us despite this. Poor in spirit is a invitation to have a childlike faith in what God can do in our lives; embracing God's sovereignty in our lives, believing that God can do anything with just a single word.
Take a moment to read over the first half of Matthew's chapter 8, where we meet the Centurion and others who provide examples of great faith. Don't have your Bible handy? You can read it here. Take a moment after reading to reflect on the examples provided. Finally, take one more moment to just have faith that God has given you all you need to succeed in the rest of the day, wherever you are in it.