Luke 6: 20-26
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.
“But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.
Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.
Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.
Jesus is teaching a large crowd along with his disciples that even if they are poor, hungry, sorrowful, hated, and rejected because of Him that they should be happy for great is their reward in heaven. Jesus also gives warnings to the rich, the well fed, those laughing, and those that all men speak well of them. All the hard things that come against us in this life help build character to enable us to live a life like Christ. It is more important to please God, to have treasure in heaven than to try to please ourselves and man with treasures on earth that will be destroyed.
Father help us to learn from the things that come against us, to trust you in all situations, and to rejoice and be glad. Help us to prepare for life eternal in your kingdom rather than build our kingdom here on earth which only lasts for a very short time. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.