Now when He saw the crowds,
He went up on a mountainside
and sat down.
His disciples came to Him,
and He began to teach them, saying:
"BLESSED are the POOR IN SPIRIT,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
But the word BLESSED is more than joyful;
More than happiness? Sure! Literally, happiness is based on what is "happening" to us.
How about the following pictures? Do any of the three portray being "poor in spirit"?
We live in a world where self esteem, self expression, and self preservation are valued. Jesus understands this as part of the human condition. He came to save us from ourselves and our self centered ways. In fact, in Mark 9, He says that this "self" must be renounced! I'm not sure how politically correct this statement of His is today from verse 43,
Or how about what Jesus says on down in verse 47?
Is he on target here? I can have a happiness that will not die, if I die to myself. I've thought about this over the years. When things aren't going well for me. I must return to my re-wording of this:
- Matthew 10:39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
- Mark 8:35-36 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me and for the gospel will save it.
- Luke 17:32-34 Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
- John 12:24-25 The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for ETERNAL LIFE.
ONE TRANSFORMING WORD:
ONE TRANSFORMING THOUGHT: