Matthew 5 begins what we call the Sermon on the Mount. I have been reminded again of the simple but rich truths of Jesus’ words. At the beginning are the Beatitudes. Here is the kind of life God really wants us to have. From there, Jesus begins to indicate the kind of people He wants us to be. He intends that we be salt, light, and perfect. Finally, at the end of the chapter through the rest of the Sermon, Jesus showed us how to get the most out of the kingdom of God.
The kind of life He wants for us to live is worth living. He has communicated that He wants the very best for us. In this section of the Sermon on the Mount known as the Beatitudes, someone said that here we have the Best Attitudes. I see in this section the kind of life that God wants for each of us—blessed. Happy.
Perhaps you are surprised at the kind of person that Jesus labels as happy or blessed. Poor. Mourners. Gentle or Meek. Usually, not the kind or words associated with happy. However, in Jesus’ kingdom, these are the attitudes that bring happiness and blessedness.
A real key to interpreting the Beatitudes, especially the beginning Beatitudes is found in Jesus’ pronouncement about his life that we find in 4:17, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” If we are going to have the life that God wants us to have, we must get serious about sin or repent.
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com.