It’s amazing to see the mission of GOD’s heart through the unfolding of Jesus journey as recorded in Matthew 5. The way The Kingdom of GOD is presented by Jesus is done through demonstration, drawing analogies from wherever he was at any given moment and telling spirit provoking stories that would tear down the walls within the soul.
Think about this, before any miracle was seen, it shows over and over again in the gospels that the miracles, signs and wonders were preceded by compassion. Think about this, Jesus was LED to the earth by giving up his right to be GOD due to the compassion of GOD that compelled Him. It’s amazing how compassion fueled HIM to go into the world, anchored by the love of the Father.
Jodi even touched on this in the “Talk It Over” section of “Ruined”. Compassion coupled with humility was what compelled Jesus to follow through with REVEALING the Kingdom of GOD. Yet more importantly it shows how compassion and humility go hand in hand. It’s a life of humility that allows compassion to rest on us, causing the power of GOD to be revealed in the most improbable ways.
It’s as though we watch the unfolding beauty of nakedness as it was intended. This stripping off shifts the mindset that says, “How dare they?” to “How dare I get in GOD’s way of HIS love for them?”
I know for me, this life of defaulting to the prideful, self preserving ways are seemingly automatic, aren’t they?
And yet as we read Matthew 5, Jesus is so intentional to sit his disciples down and have this heart to heart with them. It’s the Father’s heart to their hearts on how to be light and how to add palatable flavor to this earth that leaves people in awe, causing them to feel as though they just tasted and saw that the LORD is so good.
REFLECTION WITH HOLY SPIRIT:
When reading Matthew 5 today, share one thing that seemed to “stick out” on what Jesus taught that day? With that one thing that stuck out, can you share how you could practically demonstrate your trust in HIM by living out what you just saw highlighted with the help of the Holy Spirit? Please share your insights with the LORD in the commenting section below.
For me…what continues to stand out in Matthew 5 is Jesus reassuring them that GOD blesses us when people mock, persecute, lie and say all sorts of evil things against us because we are HIS followers. He even goes as far as saying, “Be Happy About it!” Then He says, “Be Very Glad”! So when there’s an opportunity to be offended, we turn it around and get excited because it’s our reminder that I belong to HIM. Secondly I can be glad in the midst because part of our identity as sons and daughters is that we are salt and light. We get to add flavor and shine no matter if others are adding flavor and shining. We aren’t moved by what others do or don’t do…we are moved by Who He is and Who He says we are.