Matthew 5:3-12 (The Message)
3″You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
I know I’m not at the end of my rope, but I’m trying to get out of the way to let God work in me.
4″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.
What does it mean to “feel like you’ve lost what is most dear”? My family is most dear to me. Why would it feel like I’ve lost them?
5″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.
I don’t want to be content with who I am. I’m overweight, and under motivated.
6″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.
7″You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
I want to be more “care-full”. I want to put others before myself.
8″You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
9″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.
I feel good about this one!!
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.
I don’t think that I’ve ever spoken about my faith in a forum that allowed people to treat me this way. Perhaps I need to be more vocal or spend more time “in the world”………
This passage makes me so uncomfortable. Right now, I feel unwilling to be or do these things in order to be “blessed”. Am I afraid to be blessed, or too selfish to be blessed?
Father, help me to understand what it means to be blessed. In Your name I pray, Amen.