Reflecting on the Beatitudes

Over the past several weeks our sermon series has been on the Beatitudes from Matthew 5:1-12. These give us a summary of the Christlike qualities that God wants us to demonstrate. They are the work of God’s grace in the life of a believer but also a way of evaluating our spiritual growth. While we can only enter the Kingdom of God by acknowledging our spiritual bankruptcy, “Blessed are the poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:3), we need to continue living the Christian life in dependency upon God.

I have prepared this chart to assess our personal spiritual health. I realise that no manmade assessment can take the place of the Holy Spirit’s work of convicting and convincing a believer to obey God. However, I would not like us to miss out on the opportunity to apply what we have heard in the Beatitudes. We can then ask the Holy Spirit to help us grow in these areas.

SPIRITUAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT

1= not at all satisfied; 10 = fully satisfied

  1. Spiritually dependency “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”
    Where you recognize your need for God and live absolutely dependent on Him.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  1. Sensitive to sin“Blessed are those who mourn.”
    Where you authentically feel and express sorrow about your struggles and the impact of sin.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  1. Submission to God’s will“Blessed are the meek.”
    Where you are obedient and submissive to the will of God.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  1. Spiritually hungry “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.”
    Where you fervently long for more of God and His ways in your life
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  1. Showing compassion and love “Blessed are the merciful.”
    Where your heart is filled with grace and compassion and you sacrificially care for others even when it is undeserved.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  1. Sincere devotion“Blessed are the pure in heart.”
    Where you seek to have a heart which is right before God and people.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  1. Seeking peace with God and man – “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
    Where you long after God’s peace and courageously seek this in all relationships.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  1. Suffering for Christ Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.”
    Where you remain committed to right living regardless of persecution or hardships
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

This Sunday we will consider Revelation 2:1-7 and ask the question: “Are we Ephesus?” Please join us at 10:30 for corporate worship and prayer, hearing God’s message and after service fellowship.

Yours in Christ,
Bruce, Pastor/Elder

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