It's the beatitude that I see written through the list of beatitudes that Jesus shares in Matthew 5. Check out the last couple posts to catch up before reading on. Otherwise, this post may seem out in left field!
The entirety of the beatitudes is actually the cycle of the Christian life from broken sinfulness to salvation and from the life giving sharing of Jesus' name to persecution for sharing that name. We ended our last post learning that to be a Christian means to face persecution. Yet, some of us don't see persecution in our lives.
Just after the beatitudes, Jesus refers to a believer as "the light of the world". We are his light to be shone into the lives of those living without him. And doing so will bring persecution. If you don't see the persecution in your life consider these four possibilities...
1. You aren't really a believer.
2. You are a believer, but you are not allowing your light to be seen.
3. You are a believer, but your light is surrounded only by others with light and no one who is in darkness.
4. You are a believer, but you simply aren't recognizing the persecution. Look for it! And in Jesus words... be blessed!
Now some of you may be thinking I'm not always pure in spirit. I'm not always sharing the gospel. I'm not always showing mercy. I'm not always seeing my poverty of spirit. That's okay. Here's why...
The Christian life brings blessing. Great blessing. Blessing which can never me measured and quantified. Blessing which is infinite. Blessing which can never be removed. Blessing which is yours, now, for eternity.
If you don't follow Jesus as your Savior, why not?
If you follow Jesus as your Savior, live for him. Be broken, but live in healing. Be merciful. Be gracious. Be a peacemaker. Keep your eyes on heaven. Which is already yours. That is worship.
worship Him 24/7...
PS... Below is a graphic which summaries the entirety of The Beatitudes. Man!... Jesus is one incredible teacher.