February 2

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Matthew 5:1-12

Life in heaven is life lived in humility. There is no egotism there. Nobody is full of their own importance. There is no grief. There are no A lists or elites; everyone is meek and respectful. You won’t find anyone who is full of their own importance; only people who delight in their relationship with God and with others. Everyone is merciful and compassionate, reflecting God in whose presence they live. They are pure and genuine in their love for God and for one another. Peacemakers all. For them, living in a right relationship with God, living as God wants people to live, comes first; nothing interrupts that. When we pray, “Your kingdom come” we are praying that this might be the way people live in everyday life. As Tom Wright says, “Heaven is God’s space, where full reality exists, close by our ordinary (‘earthly’) reality and interlocking with it.” To follow Jesus is to live this way in the here and now. So, who are the people truly blessed by God? Who are living life as God meant it to be lived? Who have got it right? Well, none of us perfectly, but his Spirit is pushing us in that direction, and we are being called to live that way in spite of its being in conflict with much of what goes on in everyday life. If we would be truly happy, remember, “God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.” The Beatitudes of Matthew 5 are a statement about who is living life as it should be lived, life as lived in God’s realm.

  • What makes you happy?
  • People often say that they have been blest. What does it mean to be blest?
  • How does the understanding of heaven depicted here differ from that commonly held in the community?
  • What do you feel when you read the Beatitudes: comfort, challenge, joy, shame, hope or confusion?