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October 5, 2009

Off to KL for a staff retreat, then to HK to conquer Wilson trail.
seemingly rest to race.. more to that,
praying that i may rest in vigilance and fight in restedness..
…there you go, paradoxes again..

looking forward to the journey ahead, in the hope that i may find some ‘stimulations’ & ‘inspirations’…..

The Beatitudes #1

August 4, 2009

seems to be taking eons to put together these reflections.. Been distracted by several things. but am not gonna give up!…this is one task that will keep bugging me if i dun get my acts together.

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alrite,so why beautitudes?
thinking about the sermon of the mount, 2 words came shouting at me:
“righteousness” and “paradox”.

“righteousness”

first impression of the beautitudes: promises of blessings
Ps Benny’s book which entitled “Growing in Righteousness: A devotional look at Beautitudes” implies that righteousness leads to blessings from God- and the beautitudes shall be my little handbook on how to lead a righteous life witnessing God’s blessings.

“paradox”
the beautitudes are full of paradoxes. foolishness in the eyes of the world, but worthy for the kingdom.paradoxes are mind boggling and intriguing isnt it.. the last shall be the first, the one who leads shall first be a servant… i love paradoxes.

in attempt to illuminate the perpetual journey of seeking after righteousness and my fancy towards paradoxes have led me to the Sermon of the Mount.

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God.”

“blessed”=”happy”
True happiness is indeed not dependent on the absence of problems, none of us live life without problems. More often than not, the answer lies in our own response..

The Lord’s first teaching of the beautitudes provided us with very stark paradox of life.. “blessed (=happy) is the poor in spirit..”, hard to associate poor with happiness..but the Lord promises us with nothing but the Kingdom of God…oh ok, that’s like umm.. everything.

“poor in spirit..”
ps benny gave us 3 concepts of poverty in the Bible:
1. Not having enough- lacking
2.Have nothing- destitude
3. In permanent debt- bankrupt

Ps Benny highlighted that in this case, the Lord referred to being permanently in debt to someone. Desperation of the spirit and bankruptcy of the heart. We are permanently indebted to what God has done for us on the cross.

Pondering on what Paul uttered in Phil 3:8:

“What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”

A man with everything that seemed as success in the eyes of the world, yet deemed all that as a loss in comparism to what he may gain in Christ.

surprised to be confronted by yet another verse in Ps 22 (Messianic Psalm-prophecy abt Jesus on the cross), where our Messiah referred himself as a worm..6 But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people.”

till we understand the nothingness of us without God in our lives, till we can fathom that vacuum in each of us which can only be filled by His love, till we are at our wits’ end knowing that we have exhausted all that is in us in our vain attempts to solve our ever-existing problems ..will we then turn to God…

imperative for us to be constantly humbled by the works of the Cross, yet knowing our position in Christ, and how God has esteeemed us as precious from the very start.

what is then our heart’s response and our attitude towards our brokenness and our poorness?

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God.”

Feeling penniless, downtroddened, contrite and destitute? Good for u.