Before starting this devotional I want to clarify the word beatitudes. Beatitudes are supreme blessings listed by Jesus in the sermon on the mount. Before Jesus spoke to the crowds, he spoke to his disciples about the temptations they would face just by being associated with him. When Jesus spoke to them about these blessings he explained that some of these blessings from God may not come during this life. He did not promise his disciples riches or fame, but he shared the truth and gave them eternal life by following him and by them serving our Heavenly Father.
Today I want to share each blessing and write some personal insights about them. I believe that every servant of God must fully understand that these blessings will come because God’s word is absolute.
When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain. After he sat down his disciples came to him.2 Then he began to teach them by saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.”
Our Heavenly Father understands all of our daily needs and wants. By having the humility to understand that without God we are nothing and we have earned nothing will help you with your daily walk with Him. We understand that we are bare and poor before the Lord and the Kingdom of Heaven belong to those people who understands this basic concept.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
God blesses those who come to Him for comfort. By relying on God and casting all your burdens upon Him, allows you to know He will do what is best for you. There is no problem in this earth that He cannot handle. This will help you stop stressing and obsessing about your problems because He is always your first and final solution. What a blessing this is!
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
Being humble goes a long way in our walk with Christ. As believers we are all called to minister with whatever gifts the Lord has given you. As ministers we are the servants of the Lord and are accountable for everything we do and speak. We are to put others needs before us (whenever possible) when we minister to them. Sometimes people in leadership positions forget this and it can happen to anyone. The rule to remember is the more God blesses you with, whether it is finances or a large ministry; we are to give more that we take. We are servant leaders and not just leaders.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.”
It is easy to jump to anger when something bad happens to you or a loved one, but blessed are those who do what is right and seek justice and not vengeance. At the end of the day our Lord is the final judge to all people. By understanding this, when injustices come to you or others around you, stop and pray to the Lord to handle the situation. Those people who do wrong may not get punished right away because they may fall between the cracks, however, their punishment can be eternal which is far worse. This allows us to give another aspect of our lives to the Lord.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
We have been given grace by God not because we deserve it, but because our Lord chose to have mercy on us. As believers we must fully understand this concept. Jesus gave a parable about this very type of situation in Matthew 18, when a servants master was merciful to him and canceled his debts. That same servant who was given grace turned around and was not merciful to another. When the master of the servant found out what just happened, that man was severely punished and dealt with. Jesus was teaching a simple truth that we must forgive others if we wish to be forgiven by our Heavenly Father. If we choose not to forgive someone, we will not be forgiven ourselves.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
Anyone who follows our Heavenly Father should be filled by His love. If you do not have love in you than you do not have God in you since God is love. Being loving and pure of heart to others brings you closer to God. You cannot be a hateful person and expect to receive nothing but love. We need to figure out what is causing you not to be a loving person and give it to God so we can move forward in life. Being anything else but loving is a waste of everyone’s time.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.”
Being children of God and striving to be Christ-like, we should never be quick to anger. There is a time and a place to be angry, but anger should never be your go to emotion in life. We should always try to find a peaceful solution for any bad situations in our lives. By working hard in trying to be peacekeepers we are able to make the world a better place by changing a negative perspective into a positive one. When we see wrongs that we can fix, then fix them. We cannot fix every problem, but we can do good and represent our God’s love. Some examples are feeding the hungry or helping those in need. We should pray and meditate on His word to see what the Lord wants you to do as His peacemaker.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.”
As followers of Christ it is naive to think that we will not come under some sort of attack. We have to deal with our sins of the flesh and every negative thought in our minds. Then we have to fight against the sins of the world where lusts and greed are the normal around us. There will be people who don’t like you just because of your faith or even persecute you for following Christ. Lastly, we have to deal with the spiritual warfare that is all around us. 1/3 of Jesus ministry was based on this. I am not telling you all to go and find demons to cast out of people, but by being prepared for these attacks can help how you deal with them when they happen. Satan will always try and find a way to plant a seed of doubt in our minds, if satan tried to use God’s word against Jesus to trick Him when he was in the wilderness for 40 days and nights, what makes you think you are safe?
I pray by writing a little more about the application of each supreme blessing that Jesus shared with His disciples will help someone today. By understanding the depth of these blessing should give us the motivation to work on the areas of our lives that we want blessed. I know we are going to be tempted in every aspects of our lives and that we will always fall short of His glory, however, this should never be a persons excuses to not be the best version of themselves that they can be. It is hard work to be Christ-like, but it is worth it. Like my wife always tells my children, “try to be a better you today that you were yesterday.” So please use these beatitudes to help guide you in your daily journey with God. Please have a blessed day!