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)
Jesus and John the Baptist
18 John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, 19 he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”
20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’”
21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.
22 So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.
23 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
24 After John’s messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 25 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces. 26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 27 This is the one about whom it is written:
“‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,
Love Like Jesus | Shiree King
As a culture, we are attracted to the wealthy and extravagant. If we had a choice, we’d probably rather be and associate with someone with more means than less means. But Jesus came to show us the value of all people. He didn’t come to preach to the wealthy. The poor person is not excluded because of her poverty, and the rich person is not excluded because of her wealth. Both must humble themselves before the Lord in order to be part of the Kingdom.
Jesus came to provide hope to those with limitations. He was not a respecter of persons. To be more like Jesus, I need to not be a respecter of persons either. I know that I don’t love people the way God loves them, so I often pray that God will help me to see and to love His people the way He does. Humility brings hope. Arrogance and pride – not wanting to get my hands dirty – does not reflect Jesus.
Dear God – Please forgive my arrogance and pride. Help me to see the inner beauty of people, and show me how I can help to meet physical needs in order to make a spiritual impact. Help me to love Your people as You do. Amen
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