As Jesus healed those who came to Him (Matthew 4:23–24), He lifted their eyes beyond the need for urgent physical and material care. With His Sermon on the Mount He offered more than a medical miracle (5:1–12). Seven times Jesus described attitudes of mind and heart that reflect a well-being that begins with a new vision and promise of spiritual well-being (vv. 3–9). Two more times he called blessed those who experience relentless persecution and find their hope and home in Him (vv. 10–12).
Jesus’s words ought to leave us wondering: How aware are we of our need for a well-being that is greater than our urgent need for physical and material relief? Think to yourself, as I long for a miracle, do I embrace the poor, broken, hungry, merciful, peacemaking heart that Jesus calls blessed?