Day 23 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltiness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.” – Matthew 5:13 Additional reading: Galatians...
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.”
– Matthew 5:3-11
If we look at the Beatitudes, we can see that they are listed in a very specific order of a person’s spiritual growth as they live a Christ-like life. From “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” which is the very first moment in our lives when we realize that the world has nothing to offer us and we begin to see that we are empty inside, despite all of our worldly possessions, relationships, and our status in life, to the last Beatitude, “Blessed are those who are persecuted,” when we get to that point in our lives, when we are living for God to such a degree that we find JOY in the persecution we face for what we believe. The joy comes when we see past all that the world has to offer us and we are so fixed on eternity and our heavenly prize that the ridicule and abuse that we may face here on earth does not make us falter from running the race and fighting the good fight of faith. It is the same joy that Jesus experienced when He went to the cross for us. He found joy in His persecution and execution because He saw what was waiting for Him and all of humanity on the other side of His crucifixion.
Live each day knowing that as you serve the Lord and grow in Him, He promises us each day will start out with Him saying you are “Blessed.”
Seek Him First!