2And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
I love the Word. Simply. However, I have to admit that I am often distracted by an inner battle when I am reading and studying scripture. I feel that if I am to understand anything about the Word then I have to know everything about scripture. Gosh, I am so glad that is not the case, because once I open the Gospel of Matthew and the first thing I read is “The Genealogy of Jesus Christ”……whew [insert battle here].
I LOVE that we serve a God who is bigger than an IQ, that I don’t need a 1600 on my SAT’s to love Him, walk with Him or begin that journey and relationship of understanding Him. I am glad that He cherishes the fact that we try, the best we can, to approach Him with both our minds and our hearts. There is something so joyful about simplicity but yet it’s really exciting when it’s not simple. I love that. I am so excited for us to journey the Gospel according to Matthew at Echo this summer. I wait in excited suspense to see and hear all of our thoughts, ideas and questions; as we, together, read the story of our Savior through the words of Matthew. Until then, I pray that we would be poor in spirit, that we learn how to mourn, that we are meek, that we hunger and thirst for righteousness, that we show mercy, that we see in others what it is to be pure in heart, that we are challenged and learn how to be peacemakers and that we call ourselves blessed when we face persecution.