Let’s take a very short and quick look at the Sermon on the Mount with the emphasis just on verse 5.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
Call me simple minded or elementary. I like things to be broken down in an easy understandable way. I tend to look over and see how The Message translates certain verses. My husband would say the Message passages should all end with the saying “totally radical dude”. He prefers the versions that
are not quite so elementary. Well, different strokes for different folks is always my answer to that!!
So those who want to go with me to The Message, come along:
“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.”
That is totally radical dude!!!
How hard it is for us especially as women to be content with who we are!!! No more or no less!!! Yikes a doodle!! That can NOT happen on our own. At least not in my meek weak little self!!!
So I must ask for God’s favor and send up a little prayer for that one to happen. (This must be done daily for
likely success and stick a tude!!)
Help me to be content with who I am. After all, You created me perfectly just the way you wanted me to be. It is only because we live in a fallen world that I may have picked up some annoying hindrances that block me from becoming who I was created to be in Christ. Show me those things that I need to “kneel down” and lay at your feet so that I don’t trip and fall on this road to contentment. Thank you, Jesus that you took all my sins, and imperfections to the cross and died so that I could be free to live.
(prophecy spoken in Isaiah about the Son of a Man who would come and
take away the sins of the world)
***The Message again
” The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling,
a scrubby plant in a parched field.
There was nothing attractive about him,
nothing to cause us to take a second look.
He was looked down on and passed over,
a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand.
One look at him and people turned away.
We looked down on him, thought he was scum.
But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—
our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us.
We thought he brought it on himself,
that God was punishing him for his own failures.
But it was our sins that did that to him,
that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed.
We’re all like sheep that’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.”
Totally rad!!!! I am blessed to walk out this journey of discovery of who I am in Christ by daily walking side-by-side with you, Jesus and inheriting the kingdom of contentment along the way!
***Now I am a proud owner of things that can not be bought. Bonus points: they were free, now that’s bargain shopping!!