Today’s Reading: Re-read the “Beatitudes” from Matthew 5:3-12 as a time for reflection and review of the attitude of a Jesus follower.
Today’s Question: In what ways are those who are following another god (including themselves) deceived?
According to the philosophy of the Jewish leaders in Jesus’ day and the modern American culture:
Blessed are the prideful and independent, for theirs is global influence.
Blessed are those who pursue personal happiness, for they will live in comfort.
Blessed are those who obtain power, for they will rule the world.
Blessed are those who use greed and dishonesty, for they will satisfy themselves.
Blessed are those who are ruthless, for they will rise above the mediocre of society.
Blessed are those who are cunning and deceptive, for they will be proud of themselves.
Blessed are the “big dogs” who run all the “little dogs” off the porch.
Blessed are those who crush their opponents, for they will be feared by others.
The reality is this:
Miserable are the prideful, for they will receive their reward in full in this life.
Miserable are the unrepentant, for they will be restless in their soul.
Miserable are the power brokers, for they will live in self-induced loneliness.
Miserable are those who pursue their personal interests, for they will never be satisfied.
Miserable are those who hate others, for others will hate them.
Miserable are those who lack integrity and moral character, for they will fail to see the work of God.
Miserable are those who stir up trouble and bully others, for they are sons of the devil.
Miserable are those who are unfaithful and uncommitted, for they will miss salvation.
“Follow One, Lead Others” Principle #10: The attitude of Jesus’ followers will be different than the influence of the world, resulting in greater joy and a testimony to God’s grace.
Today’s Prayer Point: Pray for those who have been deceived by Satan and have embraced the view of the world that is contrary to the Light of the World, Jesus.