Day 16 – Jesus teaches those who follow him
Bible reading: Matthew 5:1–12
Jesus teaches his disciples
God will come near to help them.
The whole earth will belong to them.
God will give to them everything that they need.
God will forgive people like that.
They will come near to God and see him.
God will call them his children.
The kingdom of heaven belongs to people like that.
This is the greatest explanation ever told of the life made happy by God. We call it the Sermon on the Mount, but really it is God’s instructions for a truly happy and fulfilled life. It starts with our attitude to God. We are just beggars waiting for him to come as king and repair our lives.
Joy that can’t be described
The explanation ends with joy that we can’t describe, even while people laugh at us, lie about us and persecute us. In the middle, there are a number of happy consequences once we have put God first in our lives. His comfort and pardon as we admit our failures. His blessing on our career. The kindness we are likely to receive if we are kind to others. And the purity which removes our guilt and enables us to enjoy God’s presence.
It speaks of the true happiness for peacemakers, not troublemakers. Those are some of the blessings that come when we decide to follow Jesus. It’s the best life in the world.