Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
We started with “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” To be “poor in spirit” is to have a right evaluation of yourself before God. We come now to the second snapshot of a happy, Kingdom believer: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4) Now wait a minute! Blessed are those who mourn? Are you kidding? How can mourning be a blessed experience or one that makes you happy? As you will easily see every one of these snapshots goes against what you might normally expect. Jesus and his Kingdom always move to the beat of a different drummer.
There are two sides to your nature-your wickedness/weaknesses and your wonder/strengths. The wonder factor says that you aren’t as bad as you could be, since you are created in the image of the God of gods. On the wickedness side, it’s important to realize that you are capable of doing almost anything, any time.
Mourning means to develop a sensitivity to that which keeps you from being and doing all that you were created to be and to do. Once you have a right evaluation of yourself before God, it’s natural to be sensitive to anything that might pull you down or pull you away from being and doing what’s right. It’s mourning over that which keeps you from Jesus and his Kingdom.
When you mourn, you must feel the pain. Moan and groan over it! Feel it! Don’t deny your feelings about it! The pain is for real, so really feel it! If you mourn properly, you’ll discover something of a surprise on the other end. You will find a sense of comfort and inner joy.
What is it that keeps you from walking with Jesus and living the Kingdom lifestyle? What keeps you drifting away from what you know you really want with respect to your faithfulness to him? List it out and actually MOURN over it. There’s something about identifying it and saying it that helps to push it out of your way.
NOTE one more thing within this snapshot. He says “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Focus on that second part: “for they will be comforted.” You see, when you mourn over that which keeps you from God, Jesus says you will find an unusual comfort in the process. He will comfort you. This is what happened to the early disciples. Jesus was about to leave them. He told them they were going to mourn over his departure. Then right away he said that he was going to send a comforter to them. He was going to send to them his Spirit to comfort them and encourage them. So, try it out. Reframe your weaknesses so that you turn them into mourning. Then, the Spirit of Jesus will comfort you, Himself. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”