How to Be Blessed
By Joel B.
Friends, today I’m going to talk about one of the most famous sermons in history, and that is Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. More specifically I’m going to talk about the beatitudes which highlighted eight categories of blessings. So let’s get started:
Matt 4:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The first of the beatitudes is probably the hardest for people to understand, but it’s actually speaking of a condition of becoming completely destitute in spirit. This would apply to those who are willing to give up the material things and the comforts of the world for faith in Jesus Christ. It may be a tough sacrifice for some to make, but their blessing is the kingdom of heaven.
Matt 4:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
We have a loving God who understands our conditions at all times. He cares for us, and He is willing to give us a spiritual hug, especially when we are mourning. There are many reasons we may mourn. Maybe it is over the loss of a job or maybe the loss of a loved one. Maybe we even feared that the deceased loved one didn’t have Christ. However, those who lovingly mourn receive the blessing of comfort.
Matt 4:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
To be meek is to be humble. Those who don’t try to feed off of others and who put God first certainly reflect a state of humility or meekness. This is a great quality to have as a leader, and to inherit the earth is to inherit what’s in it. Of course, we would want those with leadership qualities inheriting the earth so this blessing only makes sense. So, the blessing of the those who are humble is to inherit the earth.
Matt 4:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Those who seek after the things of God will receive the things of God. It only makes sense. If you desire spiritual milk, God is going to give it to you. Give yourself fully to God and seek righteousness and you will reap this blessing and be filled with righteousness.
Matt 4:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Mercy is an admirable quality. Who doesn’t love someone who shows mercy to another in a weaker position than them. Be fair to others and treat them right, and you can expect the same from God. Show mercy to others and you will obtain the blessing of Mercy.
Matt 4:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
God does not behold sin, so it takes someone pure in heart to approach the throne of God. This is one of the reasons Jesus had to die for our sins. He was a perfect and pure sacrifice that could act as a mediator between God and man. So, purify your heart and your blessing will be to see God. Wow, what a blessing!
Matt 4:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
God loves those who seek peace with others. I’m sure Jesus would have loved to have gotten along with many of the Pharisees who insisted on rejecting his teachings. Jesus wants us to do our best to be peacemakers because this not only reduces harm to others, but it can also leads them to faith in Jesus Christ. So, the blessing of the peacemaker is to be called a child of God
Matt 4:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
There are many of us Christians who are persecuted for our beliefs. Persecution can take place in many forms. It can be verbal or even physical; sometimes leading to death. Those who are willing to endure these types of situations will receive the blessing which is the kingdom of heaven.
Friends, God wants to bless you today and even tomorrow. These are just some of the ways that Jesus highlighted that you could be blessed and they are certainly an excellent starting point for any Christian. There was definitely a reason that Jesus chose these particular beatitudes. If you feel your life is lacking blessings, then you might want to go through the beatitude checklist and see where you are at. Thank you for reading and God bless.