How do your values measure up to Jesus’ values?

The values of Jesus-followers versus the values of the world as found in The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:2-11:

  • Poor in spirit, humble                                     proud, competent, self-reliant
  • Mourn, sad over sin                                       pleasure-seeking, carefree
  • Hungry for God,                                            self-sufficient, satisfied
  • Merciful                                                         self-righteous, able take care of themselves
  • Pure in heart, holy                                         indulge in sin
  • Peacemakers                                                competitive, aggressive
  • Persecuted                                                   comfortable

This is a not a list that you and I need to do in order to achieve salvation and enter the Kingdom of Heaven; they’re an expression of someone who is already a part of the Kingdom, revealing to the world that they’ve been transformed. How is a person transformed? By the person and work of Jesus as we come to Him in faith.

So what should you do?

  • If you’re not a Christian, embrace Jesus as Lord and Savior and enter the Kingdom by turning from your sins and trusting in Him.
  • If you are a Christian and there’s areas where you’re not living out the above-stated values, look to Jesus and by His grace seek to intentionally live out The Sermon of the Mount.

 

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