Where can a person find true wealth? Is it in money, possessions, or something often overlooked? Perhaps the greatest treasures are found within the human heart. These riches are the Christ-like character revealed within the born again believer. Many remarkable blessings are described for us in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew chapter five, which presents us with a dynamic look into the life of a Christian.
First Jesus shares, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 5:3 This is a person who readily acknowledges their real need for God’s sustaining help for every part of life. The next blessing is for those who mourn, experiencing heartfelt sorrow over a hurting world that rejects the Savior. They are quick to share their resources to help others, making a difference. A third reason to rejoice is given to the humble who practice gentleness and kindness toward their fellow man. There is a special blessing pronounced on those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. They long to see honesty, integrity, and justice in their own lives as well as in society. Next, the merciful are abundantly blessed as they actively show compassion, helping others who cannot help themselves. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matt 5:8 This is a person who strives to have pure thoughts coupled with a clear conscience. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matt 5:9 This individual will intervene to make peace even if it means a loss to themselves. Sadly, the world will come against those who do right because it exposes others wrongdoing yet they will inherit the kingdom of heaven. The final blessing is for those who are persecuted because they take a stand for Christ. There will be indescribable rewards for those who show the courage to share the sufferings of Jesus. “All the world is searching for joy and happiness but these cannot be purchased for any price in any marketplace, because they are virtues that come from within, and like rare jewels must be polished, for they shine brightest in the light of faith, and in the services of brotherly love.” L. R. Taylor
Within the Beatitudes we discover the source of true wealth, Christ-like character. To be blessed by God is to finally experience lasting happiness. As we come to know our savior we become like him, making us rich indeed!
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