Blessed are the poor in spirit – Day 20

Day 20
Matthew 5:1-12

Step One - Observe

Can you find the sheep who is sad? 

Sheep who is poor in spirit

Can you find the blind goat persecuting the sheep?

Sheep being persecuted by a goat

What do you think the pictures are trying to teach you about the Kingdom of God?

Step Two - Learn

Matthew 5:1-12

Click Here to read Matthew 5:1-12. verses.

  • What one word or idea stood out to you and why?
  • What do you think Jesus is teaching about the Kingdom of God/Heaven?
  • What does it mean to be blessed? It means that good things are happening to you. 
  • What does it mean to be poor in spirit? A simple way to say it is that people are very sad. There is a lot more to it, but that is a simple way to say it. 
  • What does persecution mean? It is like being bullied. 
  • Why do you think Jesus is saying that it is good when people are sad or being bullied?

Watch this video from TED-Ed on YouTube: Muscle Growth

How would everybody look if we sat on the couch all day and watched movies and ate ice cream? Would our muscles be big or small? Would our home be dirty or clean? Would we have lots of friends or very few friends? The Kingdom of God is a lot like that. If everyone in the Kingdom of God had big houses, lots of money and didn’t need to work, then we would not depend on God and our faith, or our belief in God, would not grow. 

n the same way, if everyone outside of the Kingdom of God had big houses, lots of money and didn’t need to work, they would be less likely to feel like they need God. They would not have a chance for their faith muscles to grow. The things that make us sad or the bullies that bother us are allowed to help us grow bigger faith muscles. These experiences should make us seek to God. More importantly, hard challenges are in our lives so the Kingdom of God can grow bigger and stronger, too. 

Step Three - Pray

Read Matthew 5:1-12 again: 

How are you different after reading these verses? 


Dear Jesus, please help me to see the hard times in my life as an opportunity to grow my faith muscles. For the rest of my life, help me to turn to You when life is hard or people are picking on me because I love You. Thank You for the challenges in my life. I love You. Amen! 

The Upside Down Kingdom - Day 20

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