“God blesses those who are poor and realise their need for Him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
Do you ever get days when you think you have got it all sorted? Perhaps you are applying for a job that you just know you’ll get, or perhaps you are doing something that you are more than capable to complete and excel in. The Pharisees in the New Testament, thought the same about themselves. Guaranteed to go to Heaven because of their extensive knowledge of scriptures; Guaranteed to gain favour from God because of their numerous works and acts of ‘kindness’; Guaranteed to be blessed because they obeyed God’s laws without wavering. Yet nothing could be further from the truth, and is the very reason why Jesus taught His disciples and followers in His sermon on the Mount.
Matthew, chapters 5 -7 gives a detailed and extensive list of God’s holy standards, highlighting that outward action, and ‘knowledge’ in and of itself, is not enough to be saved. Jesus shows His disciples through these chapters, that our sin is more than just actions, but attitudes. He shows us that our problem is in our hearts.
In and of our own strength and will, we will never be able to live up to the standards of Holiness presented to us in chapters 5 -7. And to be honest that probably wasn’t Jesus’ intention – to make us feel inadequate to live up to His standards. Instead, Jesus shows us at the beginning of His teachings, that all we need to do, is realise that we can’t live without His help. Jesus makes it so clear, that those who admit that they need Him, those who realise they need His help, will be the ones that inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, salvation. It is only through God’s grace and mercy that we can be changed, from the inside out. We can’t do it on our own. We need Jesus.
Today as you start a new day, lean on Jesus, admit you need HIM and ask God to give you a new heart. For a new heart in Christ, leads to Christ like behaviour and attitudes.