North Way Christian Community Church in Pittsburgh, PA

Week 1 – Devotional 1

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Scripture: Matthew 5:2-12

Social media users are all too familiar with the hashtag #blessed. People have been using this label for years to celebrate free coffees, open parking spots, and personal accomplishments. But in today’s passage, Jesus upends our ideas about blessing. Who is truly blessed? The mourners and the meek. The poor in spirit. The persecuted. This is so opposite to social media “blessedness” that it sounds impossible, but Jesus is pointing us to eternal, spiritual blessings. Hardships, loneliness, and pain may batter and bruise us, but they will not break us—in fact, Jesus says they will draw us closer to God in both this life and the one to come.

REFLECT

  • List all the ways that the meek, mourners, etc. are blessed.
  • How have you experienced the types of hardship and blessing in this passage?
  • Who has invested in your life—not just your earthly life, but your eternal one?

RESPOND

In this weekend’s sermon, we were challenged to write a letter to thank someone who has invested in our eternal future. If you haven’t taken this step yet, do it now.

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