I’m mixing up the order of the Beatitudes just a bit this week because number six fit my Sunday Sabbath Offerings post better. Before we dig into the Beatitude, here are two questions for you.
What does your inside world look like right now? How do you align your heart and mind with God’s call to build His kingdom?
Winter time traditionally keeps me indoors for what feels like months at a time. The weather here usually brings many cold days along with gray skies as far as you can see. This winter has still created many gray days, but the temperatures overall have been warmer. As much as I love the outdoors, I have not been able to go out and enjoy the days like I desire. My inside world is out of sync with my heart for the outside world due to a number of barriers. When our bodies are out of alignment for any reason, it affects our perspective of everything else we normally focus on. There is a disconnect that causes a skewed view of how we approach each day.
God created us in a way to use our gifts to honor Him. When we are out of sync in anyway, things do not feel right with our world. God’s gentle rhythms teach us to breathe in and out in harmony with Him. Deep breaths that point us to His grace when we make mistakes or show us love when we feel like we are not enough. Turning to Him first in our struggles will help us to balance our inside world of our heart and mind with the outside world God wants to grow by sharing who He is with all.
I love this sixth beatitude. It tells us…
“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. Matthew 5:8 MSG
So how do we get our inside world just right? I have no answers but I have God and He loves to set me straight when life is overwhelming, messy and out of sync. How about you?
God’s truth points me in the right direction. His words balance any misalignment between my heart and mind and what God cherishes about me. When I am pulled between doing what is right or the easy way out, God never fails to show me who He is and how He loves me. He is present in the people around me, my neighborhood and the world I see right outside my door.
God is teaching me by:
Pointing me to what is important.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Affirming the work is hard but faithfulness is the result.
Test me, Lord, and try me,
examine my heart and my mind;
for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love
and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness. Psalm 26:2-3
Showing me the truth is in His Word.
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 11:18-19
God blesses us when we get our inside world just right. May He teach you to breathe in sync with Him and align your inside world with His outside world. Hold these words close as you begin your week.
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27 NLT
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