And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,…
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Matthew 5:1-12
In reading the beatitudes, I see a key to blessing. It’s found in verse one. “…his disciples came unto him.”
Lord, I come to you. Teach me Lord how to be blessed. Without your guidance and your instruction, I do not know how to be poor in spirit, to mourn, to be meek, to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, pure in heart, a peacemaker, or even how to be persecuted. But you know. You are all of these. More than the blessing, I seek to know these truths. Many of us would be willing to forgo the attribute, in order to have the blessing. But if the characteristics spoken here are the avenue to blessing and in being blessed, we are in turn to be a blessing to others, then I need to learn from you. I must know!
I want to dispense the kingdom of heaven! I want to release your comfort. Let your inheritance be accessed through my life. Fill them here Lord. There is mercy to be obtained in me. Let them see God here. Let them identify with me, because I am called a child of God. Kingdom of heaven, be theirs!