The Lord has been showing me just how much Scripture points to the Beatitudes. Most recently, He showed me a beatitude in Matthew 11:28-30.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.”
Now let’s read Matthew 5:3 of the Beatitudes . . .
Blessed are the poor (humble) in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God.
I love how He sprinkles the Beatitudes throughout scripture.
The world teaches us that our treasures are found in riches, in large bank accounts, in things of abundance, in vacations and destinations. Things we have to work for and can “puff” us up.
“Look what I did” statements.
When I have my priorities out of order – then my goals are distorted – I am working myself into spiritual bankruptcy . . . not rest.
We can have a permanent respite in Him and it isn’t done by works.
The rest He is speaking of eliminates spiritual bankruptcy.
He is in the stillness y’all.
I have to continually reel myself back in on the stillness thing.
And I have to continually reel myself back on trying to earn my approval and doing good – that’s not what God requires of us.
We don’t have to earn anything in Him.
He approves us.
Let me ask you a question.
When God opened the heavens and sent down a dove representing the Holy Spirit, He said these words . . .
“This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”
Tell me this – what had Jesus done when God the Father, showed He was pleased with His Son?
No miracles performed.
Jesus didn’t have to earn His Father’s approval.
He already had it.
And the same goes for us.
Rest comes in different ways for each of us – but we will never find rest or have an attitude of humility if we are constantly trying to earn man’s approval or work our way to greater things.
. . . For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but we have the free gift of being accepted by God, even though we are guilty of many sins.” Romans 6:16