Rich in Joy

Episode Theme

Servant-Working: Giving brings more joy than receiving.

Memory Verse

Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Jesus preached a famous sermon called the Sermon on the Mount. In that sermon, he talked about how people were "blessed".  He didn't talk about how these people would have lots of money or nice houses or many toys. His idea of being "blessed" was different from other people's views about blessings. Take a look at Matthew 5: 3-12,the passage called "The Beautitudes", which in Latin means "happiness".

Jesus said, "God blesses those people who depend only on him. They belong to the kingdom of heaven! God blesses those people who grieve. They will find comfort! God blesses those people who are humble. The earth will belong to them! God blesses those people who want to obey him more than to eat or drink. They will be given what they want! God blesses those people who are merciful. They will be treated with mercy! God blesses those people whose hearts are pure. They will see him! God blesses those people who make peace. They will be called his children! God blesses those people who are treated badly for doing right. They belong to the kingdom of heaven. 11 God will bless you when people insult you, mistreat you, and tell all kinds of evil lies about you because of me. Be happy and excited! You will have a great reward in heaven. People did these same things to the prophets who lived long ago."

When you look at this list of whom God blesses, would you want to be on that list? Do you find a description of you on this list? Can you picture friends, family members or other Christians who you can to point to on the list?

I think Jesus gives us here a number of snapshots of what a Christian can look like. Yes, the snapshots look hard, maybe even scary, but they show people who put God first and other people first. They show people who God blesses.

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