This is the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, a collection of Jesus’ teaching on discipleship – what it means to follow Him. For too many Christians, being a Christian means going to church, or knowing who Jesus is – these things are very important, but that is not how Jesus defines discipleship. It is accepting His invitation to follow Him, and living a certain way of life (following Him). He outlines the values of His Kingdom:
A poor spirit, mourning, humbleness, hungering for justice, mercy, purity, peacemakers, being persecuted for doing right and following Jesus.
This is different than power or politics, this is a whole new way to change the world, this is the way of life Jesus taught His followers. These are the values that reached out to sinners and made them want to change. This way of life touched lepers, healed the sick, and ate with everyone from former prostitutes to Pharisees. This is the powerful yet humble love that went to the cross without fighting – for the salvation of the world.
These values (following Jesus) are our power – and yet the world sees these things as weakness – do we? As we live the way Jesus taught us, the way Jesus lived, His light shines, and we change the world in Him.