Red Letter Day 2: Make Jesus the Measure of Your Relationship with God
2015 Lent Blog
Thursday February 19
“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.” (Matthew 5:3-6)
I started yesterday with the closing verses of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and today I want to jump to the first four verses of this sermon, called the Beatitudes (whose title is based on the Latin translation of this passage). There are eight verses that are written in poetic form. The first four deal with us and our relationship with God. The next four, we will talk about tomorrow, and they deal with us and our neighbors. The 10 Commandments are very similar in this same way.
The first thing these verses remind me of is that faith is not always a line of incredible events. In this passage, people of faith are called “blessed” when they are poor in spirit, mourning, meek, and hungry, and thirsting for righteousness. Never make your present circumstance the measure of your relationship with God. Make Jesus the measure of your relationship with God and then you will be filled, an heir of the earth, comforted and a part of the Kingdom of God.
In Christ’s Service,