Today’s Reading: Matthew 5:1-26
Key Verse: “Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.” Matthew 5:1-2 (NIV2011)
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 bBeatitudesare about – God showing through. It has always been God’s purpose that when He enters 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 pretend to be like Jesus, or only try to do the things that Jesus would do, but that God Himself would be allowed to live through us.
One preacher said the beatitudes are supposed to ‘be’ your ‘attitude’. But no matter how hard we try, we can’t get by pretending. We are unable to keep the beatitudes, no matter how hard we try by our own strength. None of us can be as much like Jesus as Jesus can. The Bible says, that it’s God’s will to conform us into the image of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.
How much are we willing to allow God to transform us and shine through us? How would life be different if Jesus were to come 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? I imagine people would notice a big difference and yet, that is exactly what He wants to do. As we decrease, Jesus increase and He shows through everything we do.