As Jesus taught His disciples, He began to say some things that were a total cross-cut to the grain of human nature:
Blessed are the poor in spirit… to those who were so full of themselves.
Blessed are they that mourn… to those who would convince themselves of their own
Blessed are the meek… to those who would advance their own rights and agendas.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness… to those who had an appetite for the carnal.
Blessed are the merciful… to those with an unforgiving spirit.
Blessed are the pure in heart… to those whose lives were full of moral corruption.
Blessed are the peacemakers… to those who were contentious and angry.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake… to those who lacked the boldness to openly proclaim their faith in Him.
I am convinced that in order for us to be obedient to God’s command to be filled with His Spirit, we must first be willing to empty ourselves of ourselves. These Beatitudes point out to us the areas of our lives in which human nature conflicts with divine nature. Allowing these blessings to saturate our consciousness will bring us to a place where we are willing to forsake the things in this world that pull our attention away from Jesus.
As we learn of Him, let us be willing to allow His Spirit to convict us, cleanse us, change our mindset and fill us with the nature that is a reflection of the image of our Lord.
It is a life with a price, but Jesus calls it “blessed”.