Sighing. Sadness. Heaviness. Grey clouds hovering. Maybe a trace of discontent, dismay even. That’s because we’ve been training our eyes on the world, more specifically, on our FB newsfeeds, rather than on the face of Jesus and on the pages of His eternal Word. There’s a need to refocus.
From the time I retired to bed last night to the moment I opened my eyes to another new day, the heaviness accompanied me, as well as the beckoning of the Beatitudes. I was looking for comfort from the Lord and He was directing me to the Beatitudes. As I waited for sleep to come, He was training my eyes toward His list of the truly blessed.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mat. 5:3-10)
No matter how we read the Beatitudes, backwards or upwards, the theme is the same: it’s the godly poor and needy who are truly blessed. There is not a line that says, “Blessed are those who live in luxury and pleasure…” On the other hand, the Lord speaks of them in Matthew 6, “They have their reward.”
In all of the 33 years that Jesus lived on earth, there was not a time that He lived in luxury and pleasure. (Except perhaps when He slept in the boat with a pillow, or when He was invited to dinner and was served food and wine while His feet were washed with tears and anointed with spikenard. But even then, He’s been working, teaching the people and healing the sick that were brought to Him). From the night He was born in a manger to the day He was nailed to the cross, He modelled nothing but a life of humility and simplicity, love and mercy.
To my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ: If we only take our eyes off of the world and refocus them on Jesus, our hearts will be cleansed, our minds renewed, and we’ll live again in the glory of being the true children of God.
For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. (1 John 2:16-17 NIV)
What comfort do these words bring to our sighing and hungering souls! But Apostle Peter is not done yet. He has this other reminder to us. It is of utmost importance that he begs us to obey:
Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul. (1 Pet. 2:11)
Ah! If we only let our whole beings be soaked in these powerful words of life again, there’d be no weary wrestlings but only peace and joy unspeakable and full of glory!
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Journey with Jesus,