Matthew 5: 1-3 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Thought for Today:Have you ever seen the view from the top of a mountain? The summit of a mountain is a majestic place and offers a majestic view to those who have the rare opportunity to make it to the top. It has been described as one of the most life-changing experiences that one can have. Maybe you have experienced this while looking down from an aeroplane or watching a movie with mountain views. However you might have experienced it, such spectacular views elevate your thoughts and change the way you see the world. The experience provides you with a view from some of the highest places on earth and enables you to see valleys, rivers and other terrains at great distances. You gain a far greater line of sight and broader vision.
He begins to preach the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives His disciples and the multitudes of people a “View from the Top” He begins with “The Beatitudes”. Matthew 5:1 describes when Jesus saw a large gathering of people, He went up on a mountain and took a seat and His disciples gathered around Him. Jesus was intentional about everything He did. Therefore initiating His ministry from the mountain was symbolic of elevating their standard of thinking and living to the standard of the Kingdom of God. Each Beatitude describes a kingdom character trait that Jesus desired His disciples to receive, understand and live by daily as citizens of the Kingdom of God. He knew that as they took in each Beatitude, their soul and mind would be elevated to be more like His. He gave them the highest view of what their life could become for the kingdom of God if they followed Him and believed on His name. Each Beatitude begins with “blessed” (happy, supremely blessed, special joy granted to the person who receives salvation* Spirit-Filled Life Bible).
Today, just as He taught His disciples and the crowd that day, Jesus wants to give you a fresh “View from the Top” to increase your spiritual vision and understanding of His Kingdom… He wants to elevate your thinking to a Kingdom mindset. He wants to reveal His divine character and nature in you. There is a higher standard that you can attain as a disciple and servant of Jesus Christ if you seek first the kingdom and His righteousness. Once you receive a “View from the Top” you will never be the same. He will place your feet on Higher Ground. You will praise, worship, pray, receive the Word and serve with greater Kingdom fervour and faithfulness. Less of you, More of Him!
Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
It’s Time to Pray: Lord Jesus, I repent for living beneath Your standard. Pour into me a fresh vision for my role in your Kingdom. Elevate my thinking and living to the standard of the Beatitudes. Help me to gain your “View from the Top”. Lord, plant my feet on Higher Ground. I decrease so that You may increase in me. Amen. . .