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Walk with Christ. Run in faith.

In today’s passage (the sermon on the mount) Jesus talks about supreme blessedness. He talks about anger and revenge. The law and His role. He sets the bar for prayer and fasting. He talks about loving our enemies and giving to those who need. He talks about money and possessions and worry. Umm, who hasn't been worrying lately? Even a little?

Oh, you know that this message is so today and so for me. ‍


Ready? Let's read today's passage.
Matthew chapters 5-6


Now think about this. 

The beatitudes.
Of the beatitudes there are some that I might say I am doing okay in. None that I can say I excel in. Almost all could be considered a weak point. I can’t say any of the blessed are those is solidly, 100% me. Which leaves me much to pray about and aspire to. There’s a new year’s resolution list if you need one.


Jesus really sets the personal-work bar high here:

But I warn you — unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven! (Matt 5.20)

This is a bar I know I can’t ever reach. I don’t even know all the laws. I can never be as righteous as them. It would be a good thing for us to review the book of Ephesians. It’s great that Christ alone is enough. That through Him I am made right with God (Romans 4).

In my report card, Christ really is my only up in the sea of downs.


Can I really love my enemies? Is it possible?
Let me just leave that question there. This comes to mind every time I read that passage (Matt 5.43-48). We know the answer is: yes. (See above - Christ is sufficient). But am I living that answer?


How is my worry-level today? Jesus asks: Why do you have so little faith? (Matt 6.30)

This is a bit personal to me. Right now there are changes and challenges that directly affect my day-to-day. While my efforts have fluctuated in resolve, this word from Jesus has always been the same. So I ask me: where are my treasures; what do my eyes see and what does my heart seek? What dominates my thoughts?


Here's a soundtrack for your day.