Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Beatitudes

My good friend Troy Worman from the US published the Beatitudes on his excellent Blog Orbit Now at this link http://troyworman.com/wordpress/

It reminds me how much we can still draw from the greatest book ever written

How wonderful in the modern world we still see this as perhaps the greatest wisdom even though it was preached over 2000 years ago.

The message is as true in business as in our lives – please think about it whether you are or not a Christian.

The Beatitudes

1And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.
2Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit,

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

For they shall be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
12Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


David Greeff said...

Maybe a translation ofthe beatitudes for the 21st century workplace......

Fulfilled are the those who are not ambitious,
For they will have ultimate success.
Fulfilled are those who admit their wrongs and make amends,
For they shall be forgiven.
Fulfilled are those on the lowest rung,
For they shall have recompense from God.
Fulfilled are those who strive to do the right thing,
Right will indeed come to them.
Fulfilled are those who are fair,
For they shall be treated justly.
Fulfilled are those with clean consciences,
For they shall receive what the deserve.
Fulfilled are the catalysts of harmony,
For they shall be called God’s people.
Fulfilled are those who suffer because they have done the right thing,
For theirs is an unspeakable reward.
Fulfilled are you when you are insulted and mocked you, because of association with me (Jesus) and this teaching.
Be deeply and inwardly at peace, for life is infinitely more than the world and work, and everyone who has lived like this for God has experienced the very same.

What do you think? Are they true?


Trevor Gay said...

That is fantastic David - thank you.

I think every word is true in the modern world of business and work. I wish every organisation and every manager had what I will now call the ‘David Greeff Beatitudes’ in their workplace as a reminder of the important things in life. I particularly like the following;

'Fulfilled are you when you are insulted and mocked, because of association with me (Jesus) and this teaching.'

I am amazed how many people do not want to talk about their faith at work. Many like to leave their faith at the front door it seems - I just don't understand that.

/pd said...

I recently had this converstaion on he beatitudes of Christ...and then I was educated on this fact.. "he original beatitudes were actually spoken by the Buddha some five centuries before Christ, when the Buddha delivered the first "sermon on a mountain."


Trevor Gay said...

Fascinating - thank you pd

I am not a Christian scholar so your website link is news to me. Fascinating that those words were apparently spoken five centuries years before Jesus's sermon on the mount. The words are so powerful aren't they? ... and yet so simple :-)