We are in unprecedented times and crisis seems to rage around us, but God doesn’t change, He isn’t alarmed, and in the middle of all that is going on, the still small voice of His Spirit still beckons us into discipleship and sweet fellowship with Him. I remember hearing a teaching that has stayed with me for a long time and is something that I often meditate on. It was that the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12) that Jesus shared as part of the Sermon on the Mount, were a picture of what a truly repentant heart before God looks like. The teaching emphasized that these aren’t virtues gained by striving, but are virtues BORN out of repentance and nearness to God.
As we follow Christ, we decrease as He increases, we let go of self and ego, and we access the beautiful blessings of God while also entering into the sufferings of Christ. I will end with letting these passages of scripture speak for themselves, I am using the New Living Translation.
These words from Jesus are truly worth meditating on again and again.
The Beatitudes (Matthew 5)
3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,[a] for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. 6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,[b] for they will be satisfied. 7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. 9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. 10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.
12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.