What makes helium balloons soar? Well, if the air inside of a balloon is the same as what is outside the balloon, it can’t. But when we fill a balloon with helium, which is lighter than air, it’s able to soar. In The Beatitudes Jesus was saying that if you want to soar in life, what’s on the inside of your life has to be completely different than the atmosphere that surrounds you. You can’t breathe in the toxins of our culture and expect to soar; you’ve got to rise above it. The Beatitudes show us the kind of life that God blesses. In the greatest sermon ever preached Jesus goes completely against the grain of our current culture, just as He went against the culture of His time.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 5:1-11.
Now, the word blessed here literally means oh how very happy. So, Jesus was giving us the secrets to happiness here. Now, the world says in order to be happy, all the circumstances in our life have to be perfect. The problem with that is our circumstances are never perfect. There are always problems and difficulties but Jesus said that my happiness has nothing to do with my surroundings or circumstances but has everything to do with who I am on the inside. Ultimately, I can always choose an attitude of joy, gratitude, and thankfulness.