“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…” Matthew 5:3-9
I’m sure it didn’t take long for you to pick up on the key word in this passage, ‘blessed’. It’s a word that gets tossed around regularly in our Christian culture. Interestingly, this word can actually be translated as ‘happy’ or “satisfied’. Jesus wants His hearers to understand that they can experience joy and freedom as followers of God.
What’s crazy are the words Jesus uses that He suggests will bring happiness. You would think he would take this moment to tell his listeners about influence, leadership, power, momentum, money, etc. Nope! Instead, Jesus shares a whole different way of thinking and living. Using words like ‘poor, mourn, meek, hunger, merciful, pure, peacemakers’, Jesus has given all of us unique descriptions of how to live a life of fullness and joy.
Why does He do this? One primary thread runs in all of these words—dependency. This is the heart posture, one of complete surrender, that exhibits our trust in the Lord. Jesus wants to be clear that our life, our joy, and our true happiness come when we draw close to the heart of God. We experience these things when we depend on Him, on His presence, and on His Word to guide everything we are and all that we do. Do these words characterize your life? Where is your identity?
Father, help me to find my life, my joy and my true happiness in You. Draw me close to your heart, and give me a heart of dependence. Amen.
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