Friday, November 20, 2009

You're Blessed?

Morning, faithful blog followers. Sorry so absent. I'm up early enough to see the sun rise...well, I have a massive row of town-homes blocking my sunrise, but the sky is no longer black...and thought I'd share my morning reading with you.

I love the sermon on the mount, it's rather incredible in my opinion. I simply read through the beatitudes this morning, or as Eugene Petersen calls the section: You're Blessed. Most of the them, while incredibly insightful (insights from God Himself) seem to make obvious sense, such as, "You're blessed when you find yourselves cared for." But the last one always gives me pause. Check it out:

"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 it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens--give a cheer, even! -- for though they don't like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble."

Wow. Whether you're ridiculed by someone who doesn't believe what you believe, whether a fellow Christian makes you feel like a spiritual goodie-two-shoes because of how you believe, or you just get blindsided and don't know how in the world to classify it or why it even happened...take comfort in Matthew 5:11-12. Heaven may be applauding!

1 comment:

Melody Joy King said...

Thank you for posting this Aaron, I needed to hear it! I have had people talking about me and behind my back at work because I am trying to do the right thing. Even had some one flat out lie about me last week. I am thankful that I have learned to look to God for my affirmation and encouragement. I am secure in Him and who I am in Him which is what gives me the strength to press on and do what is right! God's Word is always so timely, the truths, admonishments, and even chastisements we need always seem to come at EXACTLY the right moment! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Aaron! May you bask in the graciousness, lovingkindness, and mercy of our God. Oh that we would daily be a thankful people!