Are We?

Read:  Matthew 5-7

This morning I heard a speaker (Hal Shrader) ask the question, “Are we who we say we are, or is it just an idle tale?”  This is a great question to ask as we live our life, make decisions, and claim to be followers of Jesus.  In his Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 Jesus gives us many wonderful but difficult ways to live in order to represent his kingdom here on earth.

Are we living by those words?  If you haven’t read those chapters recently I would encourage you to do that again.  It’s one thing to say that we follow Jesus, it’s another thing to have our lives look like we are following Jesus.  Shrader was asking us to consider if those things line up.

This is how the Life Application Bible asks the question at the opening of the Sermon.  It says, “Kingdom people seek different blessings and benefits, and they have different attitudes.  Are your attitudes a carbon copy of the worlds selfishness, pride, and lust for power, or do they reflect the humility and self-sacrifice of Jesus, your King?”

It goes on to say, “Christians should not blend in with everyone else, instead, we should affect others positively, just as seasoning brings out the best flavor in food.”  This is referring to Jesus’ words about being salt and light in the world we live in.

The one thing we must remember as we live out these words is to do so in the love and grace that Jesus himself would show to people.  That may be the best way to represent Jesus, with the humility, peace, and grace that he was known for.  May this be our goal as we live out the Christian life that we claim.

Make it personal:  Read Matthew 5-7 again and ask the Lord to help you live by these words.  Make daily prayer a part of your effort to live for Jesus.

Have a great week,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church