The Beatitudes are God’s Promised Land for every believer, that territory where he yearns for us to live and experience complete fullness of him! “I come to give you life, and life in abundance,” promised Jesus. Our Creator God so cherishes his creation that, through Christ, he wants to make us ever greater in him, ever closer to him, and ever more useful for him. This is why he wants each of us to BEcome the “who” he created us to be.
How we BEcome the ‘who” we were created to be…
- Seek God with all your heart. God promises that all who earnestly seek him will find him, his kingdom, his righteousness, and great spiritual rewards. You don’t need a road map, a GPS, or any other device to find God—just a sincerely seeking heart and he will find you!
- Walk in his ways. Joshua declared, “…obey his commands, hold fast to him, and serve him with all your heart and all your soul.” Solomon walked with “integrity of heart and uprightness.” True walkers don’t “faint”. They “walk humbly” with our God. Jesus promises, “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” We must walk faithfully and confidently wherever he takes us, regardless of the terrain. Such faith is a 4 x 4 that can go anywhere 4ever.
- Be used for God’s glory. Peter instructs, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in various forms.” When we know God and walk with him we become an effective instrument for his noble purposes, useful to the Master, and prepared to do any good work. Perhaps we are not aware of our “preparedness,” but God’s timing is always “nano” perfect!
In the Beatitudes book each chapter opens with the strategic “Beatitude moment” that unleashed a key biblical character to become the “who” God created them to be. Following are three brief examples:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for they shall see the Kingdom of Heaven—Saul, a proud and haughty Pharisee had convinced himself that he was God’s chosen instrument to exact holy judgment on all followers of The Way. But Jesus seized Paul’s attention on the road to Damascus where his paramount pride withered while his spiritual poverty blossomed as he lay his life before Christ. Paul became God’s Gospel messenger to the gentiles, a people he previously scorned, and also authored over half the New Testament!
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted—Abraham could not understand why God required the sacrifice of his only, adored, and long awaited son. With no son how could he father a race as numerous as the stars in the sky? Yet Abraham solidly obeyed God, escorting Isaac up Mount Moriah to return him back to God. At the very instant before he was about to plunge the knife into the heart of his beloved son, God cried, “STOP!” Abraham and Isaac reveled in unspeakable consolation as God provided a substitute sacrifice, preserved the lineage of his promised people, and marked the future Temple Mount.
Blessed are the Pure in Heart, for they shall see God—The forceful finger jeered in his face. “David, you are the man!” declared Nathan the prophet. This cataclysmic accusation by God’s messenger brought Israel’s greatest king to his knees and complete transparency with his Creator. His lust laden sin and self saving plan were now public. David poured out his heart, desperately pleading with God to remove this gigantic offense. He could not live separate from his First Love. God’s mercy always forgives sincerely confessed secret sin that deprives us of our fullest relation with him. A pure heart can truly see God, but any and all impurity must first be excised by the Divine Surgeon Himself!
God wants YOU to become “the ‘who’ he created you to be”! Walk in a lockstep relationship with Our Lord, live fully in his Spirit, and
constantly seek how to serve Our King. That is the “why” he created us! What greater blessing can we have in this life than to BE who God created us to be, and live the life he has for us—to live as Our Savior did upon this earth!
View the following powerful video about Jesus’ life on this earth!
Mac Powell (Third Day) Inspired by The Story “When Love Sees You”