Blessings and sorrows

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Staying in Luke chapter 6. This is apparently known as the sermon on the plain, right after Jesus called the twelve apostles, as recorded by Luke. The Revolution of Jesus of Nazareth, savior of the world.

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Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said, “God blesses you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours. Luke gets right into it. While Matthew says “poor in spirit”, here in Luke it is “God blesses you who are poor…for the Kingdom of God is yours.” Not poor in spirit, just poor. They may have nothing in this life, but the assurance of eternal riches is given by the Son of Man. Think of our theology and our prayers today. We pray to be healthy, wealthy and wise, and we believe that if have many “things” then we are blessed. He who finishes with most toys wins. Except for the finish ain’t the finish. But Jesus says here that those who aren’t “blessed” in this life, as we define blessed in our materialistic mindset, are the truly blessed, because they are the ones who will inherit eternal riches in the Kingdom of God.

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God blesses you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied. That’s turning our world upside down for sure. The broke, weary and hungry we walk past on a daily basis. Not everyone I hurry past is looking for a hit or a shot. Some are truly just hungry. There will be a day…when they are no longer hungry but will have abundant overflowing riches coming their way.

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God blesses you who weep now, for in due time you will laugh. Matthew says those who mourn will be comforted. I like this better! Laughter is the sound not just of comfort, but joy. We may be crying now, but our joy will come. Maybe I better worry about this one…I’m always laughing now 😂😂.
What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way. We may be coming into quite the blessed period if we are Christian in America. Or Christian in Europe for that matter. We are seeing our own exclusion, mocking and cursing. Christians are being cast among the villains of society, marginalized, mocked even by our president for following Christ. Jesus says we should be happy about this! Joyous even! Because if we can stand firm through the difficulties ahead, we will get our reward in heaven. Not only that…this is really how we should expect things to be. The people of God have always been mistreated. Why do we think that a nice, easy life is part of the deal we make in following Christ?

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“What sorrow awaits you who are rich, for you have your only happiness now. What sorrow awaits you who are fat and prosperous now, for a time of awful hunger awaits you. What sorrow awaits you who laugh now, for your laughing will turn to mourning and sorrow. What sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds, for their ancestors also praised false prophets.” More clarity from Jesus. Very simply, we have a choice to make. We can live for this life, or we can live with eternity in mind. We can pursue wealth, or we can pursue Christ. Whichever we pursue, we can attain.

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If we chase money, we can make money. If we love our comforts, we can be comfortable.  We can gain the accolades of the crowds.  We can get the big house and fast cars.  Travel the world, eat in the finest restaurants, sleep in the finest hotels.  “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?” Mark 8:36 NLT  Jesus told us what our benefit that awaits us is.  What sorrow it is, for your only happiness to come right now.  What sorrow it is to have hunger waiting for you.  What sorrow to look forward to a time of mourning.

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If we live for Jesus, nothing in this life is guaranteed. You won’t always be comfortable. You probably won’t make all the money you could. You won’t be praised by everyone. You will face constant challenges. But Jesus does promise you will be joyful. You will look forward to an eternal reward. As Paul says – “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:17‬ ‭NLT

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“Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said, “God blesses you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours. God blesses you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied. God blesses you who weep now, for in due time you will laugh. What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way. “What sorrow awaits you who are rich, for you have your only happiness now. What sorrow awaits you who are fat and prosperous now, for a time of awful hunger awaits you. What sorrow awaits you who laugh now, for your laughing will turn to mourning and sorrow. What sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds, for their ancestors also praised false prophets.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭6:20-26‬ ‭NLT‬‬

http://bible.com/116/luk.6.20-26.nlt

John Lewis

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2 thoughts on “Blessings and sorrows

  1. Excellent reminder! We live in a hurting world with so much need and so many spiritually seeking. Let us pray for God to guide us to where He wants us to be and whom He wants us to gently minister to. We can pray to ask God to help us keep our focus on Him!

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