“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3)
It is a common misconception that this verse means impoverished people are shoe-ins for getting into heaven. Even though the kingdom of heaven is for the poor, it’s not necessarily wealth that Jesus is referencing.
“Poor” pertains to a helplessness of another sort – with direct correlation to “in spirit.”
Those who are “poor in spirit” know they are utterly deprived of righteousness, and, would therefore be shunned from the gates of heaven. (Romans 3:23)
They know they cannot save themselves, for all are guilty of sin. (Romans 6:21)
But God is love, and in Jesus there is life.
Being “poor in spirit” means understanding that apart from Jesus you can do nothing.
In other words: Blessed are those who know they need Jesus and believe in Him, for only then can they enter the kingdom of heaven.
Being poor is nothing to be ashamed of, whether it is financial or spiritual.
The shame comes when you have an opportunity to improve your situation, but deliberately choose not to.
But praise God for those who are not ashamed and admit their need for saving – for they shall inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.