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)
Matthew 19:14, 23
The Little Children and Jesus
13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.
14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
The Rich and the Kingdom of God
16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
18 “Which ones?” he inquired.
Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”
20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”
26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”
28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.
My Verse for This Year! | Marianne Toovey
Matthew 19:14, 23
John 3:30, “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” (NLT) Jesus is demonstrating how we can’t get into heaven on our own. The only way to have eternal life is through him. When I humble myself before God and allow Him to work in and through me, denying myself any of the credit, great will be my reward.
Humbling myself doesn’t come easily. Letting go of my “control” and handing it over to God is hard. Just as difficult, in fact, as trying to fit a camel (or rope) through the eye of a needle. But if I take the time to read His Word, grow my relationship with Him, and learn more about Him – who He is, how He operates, what He’s capable of, and what He wants from me – I feel my grip on those reins getting looser. As I continue to switch my focus from me to God, He is becoming greater and greater while I am becoming less and less. It’s a slow and often difficult process, but it’s happening. And it’s all thanks to God.
God, I know I fall short every day. I know I’m my biggest fan. But I want to be more like the children You welcomed with open arms than the rich man You sent away. Continue Your work on my heart. Help me stay focused on You. Help me become less and less while You become greater and greater. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Matthew 19 | Guest Post
My observation is that once you make a promise to God, it is there forever. Like marriage, you make a promise and commitment to the other person; you shall keep it “until death do us part”. When you make a promise to God, you shall remain true to Him. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth; this is saying that if you remain faithful to God (don’t break the promises), you will inherit the earth as well as heaven. So, in marriage keep your promise to your spouse and always remain faithful.
I can apply this to my life because as I get older I will have promises with other people whether it be a boyfriend, friend, or even family, and I can use the promises that I make to show my faithfulness to God because if I break a promise to them then that shows I need to work on my faithfulness. God gives us grace, but we shouldn’t take advantage of that grace. So, I have to show I can keep my promises not only with others in my life, but God. It shows my true obedience whether they keep their promises or not.
Dear Lord, I pray that You can help me with making sure I stay faithful and keep my promises to others around me. Even if the other person doesn’t keep the promises to me. Help me stay obedient to You in the fact that I won’t hurt them because they hurt me. I pray that You can help me show grace to others as well as You show grace to me. In all of this, I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
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