Do we strive to enter God’s kingdom? Just because God has placed a ticket to heaven in our hands doesn’t mean we stay in the waiting lounge. We have to get up and walk into the plane.
Who are we listening to? Is it God through his Word or someone else’s voice?
How often it’s my voice I follow. It’s easy. It’s all too familiar.
Living the kingdom life is nothing short of brutal. It goes against the grain of self. It’s not the life we’re used to.
It requires humility, mercy, sincerity and loving our enemies.
Everything we don’t like doing.
Who wants to die?
Who wants to disregard his own ambitions?
It’s easier to profess Christ than to follow him.
I know. I’m an expert at it.
I suspect you are, too.
So what do we do about it?
Study. Pray. Respect.
Immerse yourself in God’s Word.
Pray God’s Word. Make it your own. Eat it.
Respect your teachers. Make sure they’re telling you about Christ and not themselves. Make sure they’re men of the Word. Humble. Accessible.
True followers of Christ are submitted to him, even in rejection and suffering.
As Christians we now live by the sermon on the Mount, but not by adhering to its rules, but by having faith in the preacher of the sermon.
He’s our Mediator. He’s the new Moses. He fights his battles for us.
Lean heavily into him.
Talk to me.