Today’s Reading: Matthew 5:1-26 (additional reading: Psalm 5:1-12 & Proverbs 1:24-28)
One Sunday as they drove home from church, a little girl turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, there’s something about the preacher’s message this morning that I don’t understand.” The mother said, “Oh? What is it?” The little girl replied, “Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. He said God is so big that He could hold the world in His hand. Is that true?” The mother replied, “Yes, that’s true, honey.” “But Mommy, he also said that God comes to live inside of us when we believe in Jesus as our Saviour. Is that true, too?” Again, the mother assured the little girl that what the pastor had said was true. With a puzzled look on her face, the little girl then asked, “If God is bigger than us and He lives in us, wouldn’t He show through?”
That is what the beatitudes are about; God showing through. It has always been God’s purpose that when He entered our lives, He would be allowed to fill and control our lives so that He would “show through” – that He would be visible in our attitudes and actions. Not that we would imitate Christ, or try to do the things that Jesus would do, but that Christ Himself would be allowed to live through us. The beatitudes are like a light bulb, that only shines when plugged into God’s power!
Don’t try to act this way. One preacher said the beatitudes are supposed to ‘be’ your ‘attitude’. No…you can’t pretend. Humans aren’t able to keep the beatitudes, no matter how hard they try. Nobody can be like Jesus like Jesus can. By the Holy Spirit, He has come to live IN us that He might live THROUGH us to meet the needs of hurting humanity. And when He does, others see the image of Christ shining through this veil of flesh.
Let me ask you a question: How would life be different if Jesus were to come to take your place? What if He took your place in the home? What if He performed your work on the job? what if He sat in your desk at school? What if He filled your place? Yet, that is exactly what He wants to do. He came to live within us to change the carnal works of the flesh, master the circumstances of this life, manifest His character, and minister to others whom our life touches every day.
At what moments does God show through the most in your life?
At what moments is He less visible?
Father, Thank You that You live within us by Your Spirit. Help us to