For the next few weeks I will be posting excerpts from different chapters of “Let the Beatitudes BE My Attitude in You” to give specific illustrations from the book. This week’s post is from the Prologue entitled, “God’s heart Language”:
The Beatitudes are God’s heart language. A heart language provides the deepest level of communication between two beings. It is the language in which profound emotions, direct meanings, and precise ideas are effortlessly shared.
In Paraguay, where we were privileged to spend eleven years in missionary service, the power of heart language communication witnessed firsthand. The ancient language of the Guaraní people who occupied the heartland of South American still exists and is their heart language. Although Spanish is the official language in Paraguay, one can detect the deep emotion that surfaces between two paraguayos when they communicate in Guaraní.
In Guaraní, meanings pack a real emotional and spiritual wallop, giving a context that is deep and expressive. For example, the Guaraní word for sin is angaipá, the combination of three words: angua—(soul), gai—(rott en), and the pa ending, which indicates a completed action. Thus, the literal meaning for sin in Guaraní is “a soul totally rotten,” an expression that is accurate both scripturally and spiritually. How much meaning is packed into this one word!
If this were your heart language, imagine how just the utterance of these three syllables would clearly unlock the exact idea of sin: filth, degradation, and depravity. If you were a sinner, there would be no doubt as to your spiritual condition.
The Guaraní word Ñandejara is used for “our Lord,” but actually signifies “our owner.” We English speakers must study a whole series of lessons to grasp what lordship implies. In Guaraní, the idea of God’s sovereignty over our lives clearly is understood from the beginning.
The primary purpose of our salvation gift from God is to reestablish that original, true, and full fellowship with him that was lost in the garden of Eden eons ago due to the sinful fall of man. Our pursuit of a heavenly mind-set here on earth must be relentless and sincere and the Beatitudes will transport us to this heavenly mentality.
The Beatitudes are serious business and packed full of meat that is filling and sustaining but sometimes hard to chew and even harder to swallow. You will experience the Beatitudes as a series of valleys of purging. Each one will remove some unholy and distasteful part of you, according to God’s holy standard, and will replace it with something much more fulfilling and significant. You will never be the same after this refining process, nor will your relationship with Christ.
The Beatitudes are spiritually bestowed, not humanly acquired. Only the Holy Spirit can lead us into this unexplored territory and carry us to taste of their sparkling springs of true and living water.
To discover the Beatitudes an earnest and deep determination to know God must drive us daily. We desperately must desire to sit prayerfully under his teaching, to be spoken to through his Word, and to allow his powerful insights to seep into every fiber of our being. Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins write in John’s Story: The Last Eyewitness, what our heart’s attitude must be, “My ears are yours until you have run out of things to say to me!”
Let’s begin our quest and ask the Holy Spirit to empower us for this great task.
That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory,
to be strengthened with power through his spirit in the innerman; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts with faith; andthat you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able tocomprehend with all the saints, what is the breadth and lengthand so that you may be fi lled up to all the fullness of God. Nowto him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all thatwe ask or think, according to the power that works within us,to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to allgenerations forever and ever. Amen! Ephesians 3:16-21
Thoughts for meditation:
• Are you ready to totally yield yourself to God as you embark upon this quest?
• What is your deepest spiritual motivation for this quest? Remember this essential cause as you move forward and the road becomes difficult.