Imagine that the following ad appeared in your local paper.
Attention: A meeting will be held this Thursday night for all those who are needy, hurting, humble, hungry, disappointed, persecuted, self-denying, misunderstood, falsely-accused, slandered, and insulted. All are welcome.
Would you respond? Or have you concluded that folks like the ones above are to be avoided? We spend most of our lives trying to promote ourselves, and in the process attempt to hide any shred of evidence that we are less than perfect. But here’s the beauty of God’s system as compared to man’s…What the world chooses to discard as worthless, God chooses to bless and use.
Check out what those who attended the meeting received as door prizes (and what you and I may have missed if we didn’t want to associate with that crowd):
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven. (Matthew 5:3-12)
What do they receive? Oh, just comfort, an inheritance, satisfaction, mercy, God Himself, and an eternal reward. Maybe I’ll recheck my calendar for Thursday night! How about you? –Dave
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