A Blessed Life: Part II

by APC on September 10, 2015

Scripture tells us Jesus came to give us more abundant life (John 10:10), and this is evidenced by the blessings we experience every day. Jesus presented “The Beatitude” sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1–10, where He outlines the multitudes of blessings that come with living for God. With every sentence, Jesus uses the word blessed, which means happy. God wants His children to have a happy and blessed life!

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled (Matthew 5:5–6, KJV).

Meek

Culture has taught us to assimilate meekness with weakness. However, the Greeks use the word meek to describe something that has strength and power—for example, a horse that’s been broken. Scripture teaches meekness is a blessed quality, and has been shown by many great men of God.

Moses himself was “very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3, KJV). Moses was anything but weak! For 40 years, he led Israel through the wilderness, stood in the gap between the judgment of God and the Nation of Israel, spoke face-to-face with God, and withstood persecution from people.

Jesus continued the parallel of meekness to a beast of burden when He told believers to follow Him and to take His yoke to find rest because His yoke was easy and burden light (Matthew 11:28–30). And, even Jesus Himself demonstrated the power of meekness when He endured the cross. He had 12 legions of angels at his disposal (Matthew 26:53), roughly 80,000 of them, but He allowed Himself to be taken captive, hung on a cross, and died for our sins. Jesus choose meekness!

The meek will inherit the earth—not the present world, but a new one! There is coming a time when God will create a new heaven and a new earth and will make all things new (Revelation 21:1–7). When God creates anything, it is good, but the new heaven and new earth will be a greater work where the people of God will endure no more tears, death, sorrow, crying, or pain!

Hunger & Thirst After Righteousness

Living in this present world, many of us have felt an emptiness or longing for something more. We seek throughout our lifetime to fill that void, and sadly, most of the world never finds it. God placed a hunger in His children to seek Him, but instead people seek fulfillment in sinful ways. The pleasures of sin only last for a short season (Hebrews 11:25).

Many hunger and thirst in this life, but they hunger and thirst after carnal things. Seeking after righteousness is the key to experiencing true fulfillment in this life. If we try to fulfill that void our own way, or through our own righteousness, we will fall short—our best is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).

King David said his soul was thirsty for the living God (Psalms 42:2; 63:1). If we seek after God, He will satisfy our souls and fill us with goodness (Psalms 107:9). When we let God fill our hunger and our thirst, we will can be filled!

There is a difference between being filled and being fed. The Greek word in Matthew 5:6 for filled is chortazó, which means gorged, abundantly filled, and fattened. We have the opportunity to be overflowing with God’s righteousness, or just to delay hunger pains for a season. We can choose to be changed forever or just a peace until the morrow.

Jesus will never send His people away empty—He wants to feed us. When Jesus spoke to the multitude, He did not want to send anyone away fasting, so He blessed 7 loaves of bread and a few little fishes, and distributed to the multitude (Matthew 15:32–36). And all did eat and were filled (Matthew 5:37)—4,000 men besides women and children, and there were 7 basketfuls left over!

Every time we step into the presence of God, He will fill us. And, there will always be extra. The overflow will not only bless us, but will bless the others around us as well.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on September 9, 2015 with Guest Speaker, Jonathan Pierce