For theirs will be good prospects and academic success.
Blessed are those who play for the 1st football or netball team,
For they will be popular.
Blessed are those who achieve grade 8 at their musical instrument,
For they will be known as talented.
Blessed are those who complete the Duke of Edinburgh award,
For they will be called ‘a well-rounded individual.’
It’s exam period for many young people at school, college or university at the moment, and for many it’s a really stressful and nervous time. There is such a lot of pressure to achieve and be a successful person. But what if you fail? What if you don’t get the grades? Is that game over?
In POD (14-18s Bible Study) this week, we were looking at the Beatitudes from Matthew 5:1-12, and at a time of stress and pressure to perform and succeed, these verses are wonderful news! Where our culture says your life will only be good if you are enormously talented, academically brilliant and thoroughly well rounded, Jesus says:
“3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled”.
Jesus turns everything upside down. Instead of being self-sufficient and high achieving, the people who will gain everything are those who recognise that they are failures and spiritually bankrupt before God, those who mourn their sin and who long to be right with God. The only person who has ever lived God’s way perfectly is Jesus, and he invites us to believe in him, to be united to him and so to inherit everything that he has earned. It really is wonderful that the outcome of our life depends on him, not on our exam results or achievements!