“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat. “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for. “You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family. “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.” Matthew 5:3-10
The above scripture you will note is what is known as the Beatitudes. This is also known as the Sermon on the Mount. One day while listening to a Christian radio someone said something about the Beatitudes. What popped into my head was the Attitude of the Beatitudes. I was suddenly aware that part of the word attitude is in beatitude. What came to my mind was we are to be in the spirit of be-attitude.
So, I went back over and looked at these Beatitudes. When things are gone haywire and you are at the end of your rope you don’t give you. You change your attitude and let God move in your life. You allow God to have more of your life and less of you. It’s an attitude adjustment. You begin to change your attitude about who rules your life.
The second one is your blessed when you’ve lost what is most dear to you. When we have the attitude (the attitude of greed) that we need to hold on tight to those things we hold so dear we often can’t grasp what God is about to give us. We need to change our attitude of making things we have idols and only have one idol and that idol should be God. Another attitude change.
You are blessed when you are content with just who you are comes next. When we take on the attitude of being better than others or that we are more than we really are we lose the ability to see others pain and misfortune or if we see it we have a tendency to look down on them. We have an attitude of smugness; being better than others. That attitude is way out of line with how God wants us to live. We are to see each other as brothers and sisters in Christ having the same attitude Christ had toward one another.
You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. When we have the attitude we can do it ourselves and we don’t need God to show us how to do it that is the wrong attitude to take. God will let us do it on our own, but many times things will not turn out the way we have planned. It’s when we take the attitude that God must be in our lives and we need him daily we become successful. God will satisfy our appetites, but only if we have the right attitude. Instead of having the attitude of stubbornness we need the attitude of being hungry for God.
Again you’re blessed when you care. When you care less about others and put yourself first is not the attitude God taught us. We must put others first and take a back seat. When we put the needs of others ahead of our own God will certainly bless us. We must have the attitude of servanthood.
The next one talks about getting your inside world – your mind and heart put right. When we have an attitude of jealousy or hatred we cannot walk in God’s light. When our heart is full of bitterness there is no room for God to move about and work. We have to ask God to help change our attitude and help put our mind and hearts in the right direction.
The next Beatitude talks about how we are blessed when we show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. When we have an attitude of drama in our lives we are constantly looking for a soap opera experience. When we have that kind of drama we look to keep things stirred up. There is very little peace around us. When we change our attitude to cooperate with others we find peace, not the peace the world offers, but the peace God offers. If you are all about drama and stirring things up I ask you to ask God to help change your attitude.
You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. When we have the attitude that we don’t care about those in the other parts of the world, or even the other parts of the city, or even what others are going through we take on an attitude of complacency. Complacency means smugness. When we have an “I don’t care it’s not happening to me” attitude we are not being God’s followers and caring for his children. It’s when we step up and seek justice for others that we are following in God’s way.
As I look back I am reminded that the Beatitudes are all about my attitude. If I can get my attitude in line with God’s attitude then I won’t have a problem with these Beatitudes. Our attitudes can get us in trouble more often than not, but when we offer up our attitudes to Christ and ask him to give us an attitude adjustment we will be living as God called us to which is Christ like.
How is your attitude comparing to Christ? Are you having trouble following the Beatitudes? Does one give you more fits than the other? I suggest you ask God to give you an attitude adjustment and begin a closer walk with him today.
Dear God: Our attitudes are our biggest enemy next to Satan. Often times Satan will use our attitude to try and destroy us and those around us. It’s when we begin to get our attitude in line with yours that we begin to live a life worthy of being called a Christian. I ask that you help me with those irritating attitudes that keep me from having a deeper relationship with you. Amen