Live Like a King

Blessed are…

Posted on: July 17, 2008

My devotion this morning covered the Beattitudes, Matthew 5: 3-12.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

We all want to be blessed, right? I don’t mind being a peacemaker, pure in heart, merciful, and hungering and thirsting after righteousness. But let me tell you, I don’t want to mourn or be persecuted and poor in spirit. No one does!

So many times as Christians, we want to pick and choose what our Christian experience will be. We want all the “easy” things. We don’t want to go through rough times and suffer. And when we do, we glare at heaven asking “Why me?’ Everyone on this earth is going to go through trials. Life is not smooth for anyone! If you don’t have money problems, you may have health or relationship problems. Or some other problem that will affect you profoundly.

The difference with us as believers is that God uses these problems to mold us into His image. He uses them to bring the kingdom of God closer.

The rest of the character traits and their associated blessing in the list above only come after we are poor in spirit and mourn. Are they a prerequisite for acquiring the other traits and blessing? I think so. How can we even be saved if we are not poor in spirit and mourn over our sin? All the other traits lead up to being so righteous that a dirty, sinful world persecutes us. Maybe we should hope to be persecuted because it is a sign that we are growing. Or at least we shouldn’t whine about it! LOL


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