As our church continues to walk through our preaching series on creating a culture of grace, Sean hit the nail on the head this past Sunday on how we will live and model that culture. A culture of grace looks like the beatitudes - arguably Jesus’s most notable sermon and arguably the single sermon that flipped the world on its head.
Oftentimes, I know that I am guilty of skipping over the key words or phrases of the sermon on the mount. Quite frankly, sometimes I do understand the depths or the specificity of what Jesus is teaching. In an attempt to equip the saints of God’s church (Eph. 4:12), here are the beatitudes in my own words, with the heartbeat of wanting to capture the essence of what Christ says to us as his church today.
Sean taught this past Sunday that the term “blessed” is synonymous to the “smile of Christ,” and I think that is scandalously beautiful. I pray that as you read through these beatitudes, the smile of Christ would comfort you and remind you of the great love of our King.
3 How fortunate you are, my child. You have absolutely nothing to give. And you know what? That makes you qualified for a life, eternally, with the King of the Universe who loved you so much he took your death and gave you His life. Blessed are the poor in spirit.
4 How fortunate you are, my child. You are heartbroken and are struggling. I assure you, your tears will be wiped away by the holy hands of the Savior who conquered death. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
How fortunate you are, my child. You get overlooked for people who boast more than you. I know it is frustrating. But, your reward is that you are going to be coheirs with me and reign over the Earth as my co-regents. I see you. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
How fortunate you are, my child. You genuinely want God for who He is, knowing that you bring nothing to the table. God wants to be with you, know you, love you...and He will do it. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
How fortunate you are, my child. You extend mercy to others that don’t deserve it. You will be the ultimate recipient of mercy as I will take your sin upon my shoulders and gave you my life. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
How fortunate you are, my child. Your heart is marked by transparency and an uncompromising desire to please God in all things. God will reward you by giving you His home, forever. You’ll see Him face to face, and He’ll say “well done.” Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
How fortunate you are, my child. You fight for reconciliation even when it's uncomfortable and undeserved. That makes you look just like your Dad - the King of Kings. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
How fortunate you are, my child. You are treated unjustly and suffer greatly. Yet, I promise you, your future is sealed and heaven is your home. You have a hope that is sure. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
May we be a church that will live on earth, as it is in heaven.