Daily Archives: June 3, 2018
This summer, we are studying the Beatitudes that start-off Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12. These ways that Jesus tells us we should act as Christians are counter-cultural, with blessings or rewards that will come in eternity, not here. We’ll be digging deeper into each of the 9 Beatitudes, looking at other verses in the Bible that describe each characteristic, Biblical characters that exude the Beatitudes, and the blessing that comes from it. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
Blessed Are You | Marianne Toovey
Jesus just listed a whole bunch of undesirable qualities – poor, mourning, persecuted, etc. – and calls them blessed. What? Then he reminds us that it’s the end result that matters. Yes, you may be suffering now, but great is your reward in heaven. So rejoice, be glad, because God’s got your back. He’ll get you through the tough times and bring you into heaven!
I’m a bit of a drama queen when things don’t go the way I want them to. And living in this imperfect world, things rarely do. My plans for me do not include sorrow or suffering. So when they come along, it’s the end of the world as I know it. But if I’m following God and living my life according to His example to the best of my abilities, I can rejoice in the hard times. Suffering is but a season. A season that will end. And I can look forward to the day where I’ll be in heaven without sin, pain, suffering, or sadness. It’ll be perfect! And I get to witness it firsthand, how awesome!
So often I take my eyes off the prize and dwell on the here and now. I let the muck of this world get me down. Help me to keep my focus on You. Remind me to rejoice even in the bad times because they won’t last, but You will. Thank You for this precious gift. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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