I haven’t posted much because I am busy with my Doctor of Ministry class but I wanted to share with you a quick thought about The Sermon on the Mount and God’s blessing. This is a reoccurring theme that I reflect on because I believe this sermon Jesus preached in Matthew 5-7 gets at the heart of the kingdom life he is calling us to live as his followers.
Any ways, I have long wondered why we ask God to bless our lives in the many endeavors that we pursue when Jesus tells us of a life that God has already blessed. “Blessed are the poor in spirit… Blessed are those who mourn… Blessed are the…” This is a play on the word makarioi which could be translated as “blessed,” as it usually is, or as “happy.” But the more I read the Sermon on the Mount, read what others have learned, and so forth, the more I realize that this is the life that God has blessed us to live. Hence, God isn’t blessing us to be wealthy per se or to be Americans per se but to be his kingdom people and the Sermon on the Mount is what this life is like.
The other day I was listening to the Sermon on the Mount on my iPad and it happened to be from the New Living Translation:
“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
God blesses those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth.
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they will be satisfied.
God blesses those who are merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
for they will see God.
God blesses those who work for peace,
for they will be called the children of God.
God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
So what life is God blessing us to live?
Now, be blessed by God… go and live this life!