Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
Sermon On The Mount (Part 4)
The Beatitudes: Going Low
And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His Mouth and taught them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
Matthew 5:1-6 (NKJV)
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Psalm 34:18 (NKJV)
Inarguably, Jesus is The Foundation of our faith: 'For no other Foundation can anyone lay than That which is laid, which is Jesus Christ' (1 Corinthians 3:11).
And us? 'Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Cornerstone, in Whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in Whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit' (Ephesians 2:19-22).
But here's the thing: you must dig a hole before the foundation is laid. 'Whoever comes to Me, and hears My Sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep...' (Luke 6:47-48).
Digging a hole means getting down and dirty. It's about humility. 'Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty Hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time' (1 Peter 5:6). You have to go low (as in carrying your cross) before you can go high. Jesus did the hard part. He was raised on that cross, so you could be raised by God.
But don't be fooled by the world. Being raised by fame, vanity, riches or pride is Satan's game. Don't play it. Because Kingdom success comes by humility, as in 'The poor in spirit,' as in 'Those who mourn,' as in 'The meek,' as in 'Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness.'
Every one of these conditions is overlooked, denounced or beaten down by the world. But in God's Eyes--every one of these lowly, humble and hard-pressed people is a jewel waiting to shine.
To Be Continued...
Poor in spirit: http://biblecommenter.com/matthew/5-3.htm
Definition of meekness: http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/bakers-evangelical-dictionary/meekness.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Sermon On The Mount series.