2019 Daily Bible Reading

Day 5 – Gen 5. Matt 5, Ezr 5 and Acts 5

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series 2019 Daily Bible Reading

Kingdom Living

Focus text: Matthew 5

How often do you think of the Kingdom of God?

If I’m honest, I don’t think about it as often as I should. More than ever, I find myself taken up with mundane things like a job, a house, a car and any other number of things that are honestly distractions from eternal matters.

Today’s reading takes us to the beginning of the Sermon of the Mount – three chapters in the Gospel according to Matthew that talk a great deal about the Kingdom of God and what it looks like to be a part of it.

Matthew 5:3-12 is a powerful portrait of what a citizen of the Kingdom looks like:

  • They are the poor in spirit – they recognize their need for God and their lack in light of that need
  • They are those who mourn at their sin and realize God is the only One who can truly comfort them in their mourning
  • They are the humble – those who recognize their lowly position in light of God’s greatness
  • They hunger and thirst for righteousness – they desire God’s righteousness intensely
  • They are merciful in their dealings with others, knowing that God has been merciful with them and continues to be merciful with them
  • They are the pure in heart – not by any merit of their own but solely by the gracious, sovereign work of God who sets them apart and causes them to desire that which is pure
  • They are peacemakers – flowing from the peace that we experience with God
  • They are those who are persecuted – persecuted because they live in line with the values of God’s Kingdom and not this world.

The Beatitudes are a reminder of kingdom living – life not in our strength and not by our merit but solely by the grace of God shown to us in Christ.

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