Christ’s Sermon: Blessed are the Faithful

Part 2: The Beatitudes

Throughout man’s history, God recognizes faithful believers. He rewards those who place Him as their number one priority and live by His commandments. The Lord blesses His chosen ones, and in the Gospel of Matthew, we find this to be true. Blessed are God’s faithful followers.

Christ’s sermon on the mountain begins with the Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 3-12). Each of them starts with a blessing. In fact, this is Christ’s way of reaching out to humanity with the keys to eternal happiness. Because being blessed means living a joyful life through God’s grace.

This blissful consciousness is God given and not by our making. And when we live the Beatitudes, God takes notice, and our lives become prime examples of a Christ-centered life. And this makes living in a broken world enjoyable.

Jesus uses the Beatitudes as the blueprint for a life built on God’s word through living in His truths. They radiate a life anchored in Christ’s Deity showing others the inner-workings of God’s Spirit. In the same way, they are the spiritual principles the Lord gives to those worthy to receive His unconditional love.

In the Beatitudes, Christ outlines God’s eternal plan for a life centered on Christian action. As a matter of fact, it’s in those scriptures that Jesus spells out in perfect detail the behavior a Christian must show to find God’s blessing. For this reason, we need to deny ourselves and live for Christ.

It’s important to realize the Beatitudes have three distinct attributes. First, they show a life rooted in humility. For example, becoming poor in spirit isn’t a lack of spirit but is surrendering free will for God’s purposes.

Once a believer becomes willing to continue letting go of individualism for Christ’s sake then his or her spirit transforms into one driven by the Holy Spirit. And this brings an overwhelming want to serve God better.

This spiritual transition from spiritual darkness into Christ’s light opens the door to the kingdom of heaven. And the more our spirits yearn for God, the happier we become because real gratification of life comes from dependence on Christ and not from selfish motives.

 

The second Christian attribute contained within the Beatitudes is acting on God’s word without reservations. A point often overlooked is salvation is an active participation in God’s truth. And this means developing a personal willingness to apply faith under each circumstance of a Christian’s life. With this is in mind it’s easy to understand words are meaningless until they become active. Christ makes it easy to understand the meaning behind the Beatitudes.

As a matter of fact finding the kingdom of heaven, God’s comfort, eternal inheritance, and Christ’s righteousness are more than words. One must take action by showing God a willingness to do His will in a world that rejects His truths. This means showing a humble, mournful, and righteous life (in unjust circumstances) and knowing others will ridicule us for standing firm on Christ’s words.

The last spiritual attribute in Christ’s Beatitudes is receiving God’s unconditional love. A most compelling evidence to God’s love is best shown in His rewards of mercy, seeing Him, becoming sons of God. And receiving a great reward in heaven for standing firm in times of Christ persecution is His gift to the faithful. Christ didn’t shy away from the way God responds to those who follow the Beatitudes.

In my past unhappiness raised its head. Living in darkness brought me emptiness and discontent. Everything I tried to bring me joy failed because I lived in the lusts of the world. My selfish motives became interwoven in prideful ambitions. I knew nothing of meekness nor God Himself. Then, when I wanted to die, God rescued me.

I’m grateful God saved me and introduced me to Christ. Today my code for Christian living are the Beatitudes. I’m not perfect and fail to live those spiritual truths. But the moment I realize my failure and humbly ask Christ for help then through repentance I’m connected to the Holy Spirit.

How do you practice the Beatitudes?

The Fruits of Humility

It’s in glorifying God that we understand the fruits of holiness. This begins with placing Christ as our primary focus and living in God’s truth. Humility is the best way to approach God because we didn’t save ourselves (Titus 3:4-7). Christ’s enemy tries his best to convince us we don’t need God and places thoughts inside our minds telling us we can do everything on our own.

Our world is full of temptations wanting us to turn our backs on God and live in the lusts of Satan’s deception. Every few months a new technological advancement hits the market leading us to place the focus on ourselves and away from Christ. The devil is cunning and uses materialism to lure us into an unsatisfactory spiritual condition because he knows the lack of humility separates from God.

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Paul’s Epistle to Titus is one of the best illustration of humility. In Chapter Three verse two Paul shared This: “to speak evil of no one, to be peaceful, gentle, showing all humility to all men” (Titus 3:2). Here, Paul identifies humility as love, peace, and kindness. He reminds us to be an example of God’s Spirit. And God’s mercy holds us accountable to do the same with our neighbors.

Paul continued his message by showing us the reason for humility.

“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. Whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior. That having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who believe in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men,” (Titus 3:4-8).

Those scriptures provide God’s truth concerning the origins of salvation and leaves no excuses for self-righteousness. Here God places us in humility because He gives us knowledge of His plan for humanity’s eternal outcome.

Once God brings us mercy, then He uses Christ to wash us clean from sin and renews us through His Spirit. It’s God’s Spirit that makes us humble because He has opened our eyes to eternal light.

Since God showed us humility, shouldn’t we do the same?

The Lord saved us, and part of our duty is to extend God’s saving grace to those around us. Our lives must radiate to others (believers and unbelievers) God’s gift of salvation. God chose us and made us powerful examples of His mercy to humanity. And when we live in Christ, the world comes face to face with God’s love.

One way of staying humble is remembering our past and what Christ has done for us. Again God used Paul to shows us we too are sinners. Paul put it this way. “For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating each other” (Titus 3:3). Those are the facts stemming from Adam and Eve’s great fall from God’s grace and passed on to humanity. And no human being on earth is excluded from sin.

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I used to live life for myself. My life before receiving God’s grace was full of pride. Everything I did was to glorify myself, and this caused others to stay away from me. I lived in constant fear and resented rejection. Selfish motives turned me into a taker looking for ways to receive instead of giving. Everything I chased was for self-satisfaction often involving lustful actions.

I’m grateful God saved me. Christ has changed my life, and He removed my need to rely on myself. The Lord showed me eternal light and since then I’m willing to live my life for Christ. I know God wants to help you too and He will the moment you ask in faith without reservations.

We can’t afford to forget God’s unconditional compassion. God’s truth makes us humble, and abiding in Christ keeps us modest. God has called us to a spiritual way of living and the more we devote ourselves then we can live humble and receive His grace (James 4:6). And once Christ sanctifies us, then we can show others the fruits of humility.

God is awesome!

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