Matthew 5:1-12 says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those whom mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
These are called the Beatitudes, and you should take them very seriously.
When you look inside yourself, do you see this kind of attitude?
We are called to be different. I have heard the statement, “I don’t want to be like everyone else,” over and over in my life. Well, if you truly mean it, then start being different. I’m not talking about defying rules or going against leadership in a business or school; I’m talking about truly being different.
If you would really like to stand out and be different, try displaying the attitudes mentioned in the verses above. If you were to start being meek, seeking God’s righteousness, showing mercy to others, or being that person that brings peace to a situation instead of chaos — then you would definitely stick out in the world today.
It seems like everywhere I look we see people stepping on other people to get ahead. People will lie, cheat, steal, and even deny God to get ahead in this life. It seems like the norm now is not to stand on God’s principles unless it’s a Sunday morning at church.
I say it’s time we start being different. When a Christian starts living their life exactly the way the scriptures teach they will most definitely begin to stand out in this world. When this happens, people notice the difference and begin to wonder what it is that causes someone to act that way.
Before you know it, you’ll have people asking questions and seeking out the love you are revealing through your life. This is what it takes to make a difference. You can’t change the world all at once but you can change it one soul at a time.
However, this will only happen if the people who call themselves Christian will start “being Christian” on the inside and begin to look like a Christian on the outside as well.
I’m calling for action! We need an army of believers in our community — I’m talking about people who are going to look it, live it, talk it, and do it.
Will you step up with me and be that person? Will you begin what I call the “Beatitude adjustment”? It’s time to stand or we will definitely get caught by the fall.
God bless and have a great week in the Lord.
Wade Phillips is a pastor and evangelist with 3in1 Ministries.