When you read about Jesus, you begin to realize how He revolutionary the words He spoke were. I mean, the words Jesus spoke were contrary to how most people lived, believed, and behaved.
In fact, they are still contrary to how must people live, believe, and behave today.
Jesus’ words literally turned the world upside down.
And I believe they still can today, if we decide to live by them.
I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart
“I can look as long as I don’t touch.”
If you look at someone lustfully, Jesus says it’s the same thing as, well, you get the idea.
We’re taught if we want to be first, we must be the best, the strongest, the one who stands out. Jesus is telling us to place ourselves in a position that causes us to humble ourselves and serve.
We’re taught if we want it, then take it.
Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
“An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, right?”
That was a before Jesus response.
Jesus calls us to actually love those who have wronged us; if that’s not upside down then I don’t know what is.
This is really contrary to what we are taught today. Jesus is saying we should clothe ourselves in humility and serve others.
I’m sensing a pattern.
“Wait. You mean we shouldn’t point out all the awesome stuff we did?”
We should humble ourselves and be quick to deflect any credit to Him.
Our priorities are often out of order.
We’re taught to seek love, careers, fame, security, etc…
Jesus says to seek His Kingdom first.
Jesus wants all of our hearts, not just the easy pieces that we often give Him.
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
Just because something is socially acceptable does not mean it’s Kingdom acceptable.
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
It’s one thing to do things in the Name of Jesus and it’s a completely different thing to do things with Jesus.
When we do things with Jesus, we’ll be making a Kingdom impact.