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Finding Freedom in the Beatitudes

As Jesus begin the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, He begins with "Blessed are the poor in spirit." Today we will explore how those words can bring freedom in our lives!

Finding Freedom in the beatitudes

Living in a world of social media can be difficult.  In the “olden days” we used to have to pretend everything in our lives was perfect when we went to church on Sunday mornings, perhaps after a fight in the car on the way, but now we have the pressure of everything being perfect every day!

With cameras in our back pockets we capture every moment, and in an effort to portray the ideal image, we pick the best moments to share on social media.  Ahh…the perfect family …not!  If you are like me you often get worn out trying to keep up with everyone posting the perfect memories.

But I don’t think this is how Jesus intended our lives to be.  In fact, I think He longs for us to find freedom in our imperfection.

In Matthew 5, as Jesus begins the Sermon on the Mount, he shares a few simple yet profound truths with His disciples.  Today we are going to look at the first truth:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

What does it mean to be poor in spirit?  It is being honest with God about the condition of our hearts.

Being poor in spirit is agreeing with God that we are nothing without Him, that we mess up day after day without Christ, and that we have nothing to offer the world or God on our own.

This idea is extremely counter-cultural as we live in a society that tells us we can be whatever we set our minds to, that we have everything inside us if we just believe in ourselves, and that we are good on our own.

The truth is: we aren’t.

We are nothing without Jesus.

Now before you let that overwhelm you or knock the wind out of your sails, listen again to what Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

He is offering an opportunity to find freedom.  Those who recognize their need for Him will inherit the kingdom of heaven.  They aren’t embarrassed or looked down upon!  NO!   These are the people who will inherit the kingdom of heaven!

As I am writing, I am convicted that I have a difficult time accepting that I am poor in spirit.  I often want to be everything to everyone…in my own strength.  I get overwhelmed easily when things don’t go just as I planned.  I am quick to judge myself and fixate on my failures.  And instead of asking God for strength, I pull myself up by my bootstraps (or flip flop straps in my case), and try harder the next day.

But this isn’t how Jesus wants us to be.  He doesn’t want us to try harder on our own and feel the burden of defeat day after day.  NO!!  He came to give us life…and a better way.

He wants us to find freedom.  And that freedom is in finding our everything in Jesus.

Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”

Those who have little or nothing to offer are the blessed ones.  Isn’t that freeing?

WOW!  What a relief!  God would rather I come acknowledging I am poor in spirit, than bringing my holy resume in an effort to impress Him.

And, when we come to Jesus empty handed {poor in spirit}, we are free to accept whatever God has for you and for me.

Isn’t it freeing to know that God has everything He needs to provide for your every need and to accomplish His will through you?  All He asks is that we come with an open heart ready to receive what He has for us.

In a world, where we are constantly pressured to put our best foot forward, our Creator and Savior asks us to come with an honest heart, poor in spirit so that He may bless us.

Jesus said it best, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

 

In an effort to be honest, here are two things I love to hear from you in the comments below:

  1. What was your most recent fight on the way to church?
  2. How would being “poor in spirit” change the way you approach your daily responsibilities?

 

Are you interested in going deeper in the Beatitudes?  This week’s free download is a prayer guide, “Praying through the Beatitudes.”  It is a verse-by-verse prayer guide with questions and related verses to open up the dialog between you and God as you walk through these verses found in Matthew 5.

Click here to request your free prayer guide: Praying through the Beatitudes

 

2 comments on “Finding Freedom in the Beatitudes

  1. Lisa Burgess

    I can’t answer the first question bcuz I drive alone to church. But #2 being or coming to God “empty handed” is allowing me to let God guide me without my pride hindering my walk bcuz I need to realize I am nothing without Him. God orders my steps and relying and trusting in him with how I perform my responsibilities lessens the burden… it’s freedom

  2. speakinginfaith

    Thanks for sharing! You have such an amazing heart! I’m so thankful that God brought you into our lives 🙂

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