Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Pressing in for the Good Stuff

When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. (Matthew 5:1-2)

Maybe you know what happens next…Jesus gives one of the greatest sermons of all-time, The Beatitudes. These words are written everywhere, crocheted on wall hangings, gracing church bulletins. Even many people who do not subscribe to Jesus’ teaching at least are familiar with the words.

But this wasn’t a sermon delivered to thousands. This was a teaching shared with the few that were committed enough to follow Him beyond the crowds. Anyone can sit in church week after week being spoon fed by their pastor. How many will go after the meat that so few seek to eat from the hand of Jesus Himself?

Lord, I want to press in for more of You – for deeper revelation of who You are, and of who I am in You. I want to know what’s on Your heart to share with me.

This is what he said:
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are – no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
“You’re blessed when you get your inside world – your mind and heart – put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drive you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
“Not only that – count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What is means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable…”
(Matthew 5:3-11, The Message)

7 Comments:

At 9:57 AM, Blogger KM said...

Dear Amy,

Beautiful writing! It touched me deeply. Each line I read brought me closer to Jesus.

Kathie Mikshenas
acw group member
kathie@megalink.net

 
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