I began the exercise, just as Steve, our V.P. for our ministry, had instructed. First, cleanse my heart by asking for forgiveness for any attitude and/or action where I fell short. Second: Cleanse my mind from any former teaching as it relates to this portion of scripture so I don’t bring my own interpretation into this feeding of Your Word; third, how does this portion of scripture apply to my life? And finally, how can I live out what I have read? I was in no way prepared for what happened as I parked myself in His presence and began to read a very familiar passage.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United. Come with us to Matthew 5, the Beatitudes.
As I read a little of the backdrop of things that preceded these wise words to live by entitled “The Sermon on the Mount,” I was struck with a sense of awe-inspiring relatability with the disciples. I mean they had front-row seats to this historic teaching as thousands and thousands gathered to hear from the most “popular” guy in town. I mean I hadn’t even gotten into the actual sermon and was struck by new revelation and a sense of sweet conviction that corrects and doesn’t condemn.
See, the disciples probably felt pretty special, like they belonged and fit in, on top of the world. I mean, they were known for being with the most powerful, popular Man of the world; this was an opportunity for prestige, power and money for themselves, but they didn’t let that need to fit in and belong steer them from learning and unlearning.
It’s not a bad thing to want to fit in, to feel like you’re part of something and someone; those are actually God-given desires; but when those desires to be included, to feel like we belong begin to skew our judgment and lead us away from the beatitudes of God, well, that’s when it becomes problematic.
Looking back I can see where my desire to fit in, to feel like I belonged somewhere, and had people I could enjoy life with outside of the ministry led me to where I am today: in the midst of healing from a terrible crisis. It’s not that I strayed from Him during that season, no, not at all; but I can see now, looking back, how those needs overrode so many warning signs and screamed louder than my own convictions.
I want to be a true disciple whose only desire is to learn and un-learn because that’s how I’ll find where I fit in and feel a part of something and someone important. I have been given a place in this world; I am not of this world. I have been given a calling, as we all have, to sit at His feet, feast on His principles and promises, for then we will know we fit in and are right where we belong!
Gosh, I can’t wait to share the actual Beatitudes with you. I am in awe of how much this four-point prayer is helping me as I feast upon them. What’s crazy is I am completely full and fulfilled after just cutting up and feasting on one at a time after He cleanses my heart. He continues to give me something new from each one of them; He continues to reveal how each of them apply to me and He’s granting me the courage to apply them to my life.
Until our next Wednesday’s Word, can I encourage you to try sitting at His table and feasting upon His Word after you pray the four-point prayer?