Daily Archives: June 6, 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!
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3)
The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.
3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
Faith Like a Child | Marianne Toovey
In the days of Jesus, children were considered useless. They couldn’t contribute to their household or income. They had no status. If it wasn’t for their potential assistance as adults, the people back then probably wouldn’t have even bothered having them. But now Jesus is saying that we must be like these unimportant children in order to enter His heavenly kingdom. He didn’t say to be like government officials or the high priest, or even the next “big celebrity” – not the people who seemingly matter most. It was those who mattered least who had what it takes. Blessed are the poor in spirit for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
It’s funny how we all aspire to be something great – rich, famous, the best in our field of work. It was the same back then. People were just as obsessed with becoming the best of the best. But he who dies with the most toys still dies. It’s what we do with our lives – how we treat others, how we live – that can determine our future. And it’s way more important to me to enjoy the gift of eternal life with my Creator than it is for me to be rich, famous, or the best at anything. So I should live my life chasing that dream!
Help me to stay focused on what truly matters. I don’t want to get caught up in the distractions of this world. I want a heart that wants what You want. Show me how to be more like an honest, innocent child than a greedy, ambitious adult. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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