Thank you Father.
These humbling journeys were for a purpose. They still are at work. Thank You. Nothing compares to You and Your Wisdom. Thank You.
Help hearts within the Church, to become as beautiful as Jesus’ heart Recreate hearts in the tenderness and love, with compassion and discernment.
That You may be lifted up and our lives may bring more and more to You.
Give us beautiful hearts trembling for you daily, growing in love for you and hastening your coming.
Humble us at every turn and tenderize our hearts to become as Yours. As we behold You, help us and change us to become as you are.
This is just a little introduction to my mind on the Sermon on The Mount.
Jesus had everything planned out from the beginning. And for me, I believe that’s why He didn’t go too far in Matthew’s gospel account before laying down the grundnorm of the Kingdom.
Matthew 5, the Beatitudes, is very popular among Christians. Even kids know it already. And it is really the stuff for preachers too. It is a physical force to be reckoned with.
But the recognition it deserves is not what it is getting. Fine piece of teaching, yes. Very simple, no large words. And that simplicity is why people read it up and dismiss it after. They call it good teaching but they never really study it to know its purpose in the walk with Christ. There’s a reason why it is there.
Here’s why people don’t get the point of beatitudes, no matter how much they pretend to: because the point of being with Jesus is lost to them. Its missing.
Don’t get me wrong. Not that they don’t want to follow or they are not following Jesus. Not that they don’t want to believe or they don’t believe. I’m even referring to strong prayer warriors, intercessors, pastors and evangelists. The never-miss-a-Church-service guys. The choristers. The ushers. All people within the body of Christ.
They don’t get it. We don’t.
At the very core of the problem of the Church and the misfortune of nations and the prevalent wickedness and evil in the world, is a problem of a missed point and a misplaced objective.
Jesus’ Sermon on The Mount, coming so early in His ministry on earth, already set out to put the hearts of people in the very right and only direction. Right from the beginning. It is the key to entrance.
It is the key to becoming like Him. He wants us to seat at His feet and be changed into His person. That’s what he point we so miss, readily.
You know, Scripture talks about receiving the Kingdom and entering the Kingdom. Receiving it is as good as having it in trust. But the place of reception has never been a tarrying point.
Sadly, many have tarried there. They follow Jesus and draw resources if the Kingdom for establishing for them a place on earth. That’s all of it to them. Its Jesus for the healing and success and good jobs and the like. Nothing more than Jesus making life better on the earth.
Its all good though. Jesus is about a good life too. But that was never the point. The point is to leave the earth for the Kingdom of God.
Its not about gong to heaven when we die. Its about living like Christ. As Christ. Becoming as He is. Right from here!
That’s the purpose of Matthew 5. In fact, all the way down to chapter 7, Christ is teaching about heaven on earth, literally, in terms of the positioning of our hearts and our disposition towards God. I believe that the Sermon points out a particular spiritual lifestyle on the inside that changes from within in our souls and manifests in our physical activities, daily.
That’s what makes us like Jesus, in my opinion – living the Beatitudes. Living that reality daily will change us in our souls to become as Jesus Christ.
It will not be easy, but it will be worth our souls in the end.