Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.
He said: …
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
- Matthew 5:1-2, 6
Picture yourself in church. Look to your left and your right. Do you know the people that you see, and are they people that you are sure are going to be in Heaven?
Then the pastor preaches on the statistic that among regular church goers that one out of three people in the church pew are truly saved. Then you think, if the person to my left and right are going to Heaven and only one out of three is saved, where does that leave me? We’re already against the odds on this pew!
Sorry, I had to throw in that bit of “math humor.” But, if the statistic is anywhere close to being right, what makes the difference between a saved Christian and a Christian in name only?
Could it be that burning desire to be more like Jesus, no matter the cost? I remember back 50 years ago when I was saved, those that were closest to me tried to beat “Jesus” out of me. They said “Beat Jesus out of me,” but it was more of a war with words. They were afraid that being a Jesus Freak would harm me in my business relations. I would be passed over for promotion, because I was too radical of a Christ follower. No one wants to be considered a zealot.
Odd that they used that argument. Simon the Zealot was one of the original twelve. All we know is that he was called Simon the Zealot. Yes, he was probably among those who were plotting a rebellion when he met Jesus, but he became full of zeal as he spread the word of God on Pentecost and thereafter. Yet, he is among those mute disciples that no words are attributed.
Now that I have lived my life, and survived, I want one, two, or three of those times of being passed over for promotion to be because I was “too zealous” in my love of Jesus and my desire to become more like Him. It would be a pity if the boss just didn’t like me. But, maybe I should hold that thought for four more days. Just a thought…
So, is it obvious that Jesus is your Savior? Is it obvious that you are trying to become more like Jesus? Is it obvious that you hunger and thirst for righteousness?
It is okay to be a Jesus Freak. Jesus said that we shall be filled. Let’s open our hearts wide, to take in as much as possible.
With the inspiration to write a little “Thought on” style message for the “poor in spirit,” I thought that I would continue through the Beatitudes.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.