What this world promotes self and happiness, but Christ is offering us His kingdom and the blessings that accompany it.

Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them, saying:

3     “Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4     Blessed are those who mourn,

for they will be comforted. – Matthew 5:1-4

            The world tells us on a daily basis that blessing comes to the rich and the powerful. The world calls us to depend upon ourselves to dig deep within ourselves and to rely upon our own strength, whether physical or spiritual. However, Jesus begins teaching His disciples about the nature of His kingdom with the very opposite thought.

            The blessed, in the kingdom, are not those who can survive on their own strength of spirit nor are they who see themselves as rich in spirit. No, the nature of the kingdom is that its blessing comes to those who have the humility to acknowledge their poverty of spirit and seek the strength of spirit that comes from the reign of Christ in their hearts.

            The world preaches to us the gospel of happiness that says we come to Christ for Him to make us happy by giving us what we want in this life. However, Jesus would teach His disciples that the nature of the kingdom is that it blesses those who mourn in the promise that they will be comforted. In other words, the blessing we have in Christ is not that we never mourn but that we have a comfort from Him awaiting us.

            Our victory over this world (1 John 5:4) comes in knowing and relying upon the reign of Christ over all things for the church (Eph 1:20–22). What Jesus taught His disciples long ago is still a lesson that we need today – true blessing is found only in the humility that brings us to trust and obey!

                                                                 Peace,

                                                                           Jay Don