3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Can one truly be “blessed” , “privileged” (for so the word implies) when –
3 – Unsuccessful and obscure?
4 – Suffering from grief?
5 – Humble and non-self-promoting – Non-aggressive?
6 – Battling sin?
7 – Unwilling to crush their enemies?
8 – Wide-eyed and not worldly wise?
9 – Conciliatory instead of confrontational?
10 – When suffering for doing what is right and good?
YES! If they are Christ’s – and are in His Kingdom! When you know your reward is in Heaven and not here.
13 – This perspective is what is “salt” in this world. Keeping its consuming decay at bay.
14 – This is the light of God shining into the darkness of this world.
In order to be salt and light – you must uncompromisingly live as those who know their blessedness does not come from this world – but rests in their being citizens of Christ’s Kingdom.
It does not appear that Jesus here is referring to generic good works – but continuing to live as poor in spirit, suffering mournful circumstances, remaining meek, striving after righteousness, unvengeful, pure, conciliatory and persecuted, all for the sake of the Kingdom – in open contrariness to the values and system of this world. Nothing glorifies God more than living in such a way that people are made aware that we live for something higher because of Christ.
Father – be glorified through me like that!