Letters from a Pastor to His People- February 17, 2019
The Beatitudes. We're all familiar with these. They come from Christ's Sermon on the Mount (or, in Luke's Gospel, the 'Sermon on the Plain', for he delivers it "on a stretch of level ground").
I find myself throughout periods and seasons of my life appreciating a beatitude in particular more than others. Not that I don't appreciate the others; more than one beatitude just happens to resonate with me because of my life and spiritual circumstances. Maybe that is the case with you? Maybe something for you to at least pray about, if not?
“Blessed are you who are poor" is the beatitude that resonates with me right now. I've preached on poverty before. This doesn't have to mean material poverty. Christ isn't necessarily calling us to give away all our money and drain our retirement funds. He is calling us to spiritual poverty, or a dependence on him.
A poor person depends on others. He has to beg. We are called not to self-reliance, but a complete surrender of ourselves to God. It is blessed to beg Jesus!