Reading: Matthew 5:1-12
Blessed are those who have special knowledge, or skill, or power or position for they will have lots of money.
That sounds crass, but isn’t that really more in keeping with the attitude of the world we live in? I am struck by the amount of money thrown at head football coaches. I get frustrated sometimes when people complain about the salaries of our public school teachers. Our sense in this world of who are the blessed ones is really a matter of values.
Jesus sees the world differently. He sees that those who aspire to live by God’s standards, no matter how much of the world’s rewards are theirs, are really the blessed ones. And sometimes trying to live by God’s standards means that we have less of the world’s rewards. And it sometimes means that we use the rewards the world gives us in ways that the world doesn’t generally understand. And we may be looked upon as “odd.”
And I think that we experience blessings in both worlds. We may not command the salary of a head football coach, but we are still among the richest people on the planet. But we also are those who are blessed by valuing things other than our wealth. We are blessed as we try to place the blessings of this world in God’s hands that others may truly be blessed.
Rejoice and be glad. --Jim Bricker, Camp Mount Luther Summer Chaplain to the Staff
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