Theme:- THE KEY TO SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS.
Text: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom… Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me (Matt. 5:3-12 NIV).
The Gospel appointed for this service brings to the fore how we can secure spiritual blessings. To be blessed by God is to experience hope and joy independent of external circumstances. It is only in following Jesus Christ that these blessings (Hope and Joy) can be obtained.
However, there is a price to be paid for them. The price consists of willingness to give when others take; love when others hate; giving up one’s right in order to serve, being humble and hunger after righteousness etc. All these are antithetical to the values of the world that glorifies in pride, selfishness, lust for power and fame.
It is only those who are willing to pay the prices that are spiritually blessed. What then are these spiritual blessings: inheritance of the kingdom of heaven; to be comforted and inherit the earth as well. They shall be filled with God’s mercies, see God, and be called the children of God.
Apostle Paul paid the price and was richly blessed spiritually. In the midst of difficulties on account of the Gospel that he proclaimed, he was filled with hope and joy. He knew how to abide in plenty as well as in want.
He was contented in all situations. He could confidently say that he had fought the good fight and had finished his course, and had kept the faith, henceforth, there is a crown laid up for him-the crown of righteousness. (II Tim. 4:7-8)
Let us all endeavour to strive for spiritual blessings as they are more enduring than material blessings. Material blessing will pass away with time and use, but spiritual blessings abide forever.
Blest are the pure in heart
For they shall see our God,
The Secret of the Lord is theirs
Their soul is Christ’s abode
A & M 335, verse 1.
The Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D