Many have check-ups for a variety of things – their health, car, air-conditioner, etc. What about our spiritual condition, our peace of mind? I have found it helpful to regularly review a check-up or check-list called the Beatitudes. Jesus begins his Sermon on the Mount with these. The Sermon on the Mount, a treat to read in its entirety, was his only published sermon.
I’ve often thought of the Beatitudes as “the attitudes to be”. Looked at collectively or individually, in one Bible translation or several, these passages can be a bridge to a better life. Consider the first one Jesus listed, here in the traditional King James (KJ) translation, “Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” The Message (MSG), a contemporary translation, has the same passage as, “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.” Isn’t that a nice dose of humility?
I think the following Beatitude gives an idea of what I continue to gain from my spiritual check-ups:
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” KJ
“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.” MSG