Tuesday, December 6, 2016

beatitudes, learning from Jesus



As you read through these verses today you might want to grab your Bible and read this from other translations of the Bible.  The one I share with from the paraphrase called “The Message”, and this one makes me stop and think.

We need Jesus.  Pursing our Savior takes us to a new level.  This commitment of following Jesus brings results or rewards that many would like.  But realize that I am asking you and me to follow Jesus just so we can get rewarded.  I am suggesting that the purity of loving God and following Him will lead to some incredible time and even more of what John 10:10 calls abundant life.

Matthew 5:3-12  MSG
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
10 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
11-12 “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.

Less of you and more of God … be embraced by God … content with just who you are … good appetite for God … show people how to cooperate …

There is more to life than just getting by.  There is more to life than just surviving.  Live with purpose and allow God to work through your life!

Matthew 5:16  NLT
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

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