Matthew 5:13-16, Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Just a casual reading of “The Beatitudes” and the rest of “The Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7) is not only CONVICTING, but it is CHALLENGING to 21st-Century Christianity, even to the most committed of Christ’s followers today.
The 111 verses in these three chapters should be READ often, PONDERED prayerfully, and LIVED faithfully!
Someone has said, “The Sermon on the Mount seems dangerous. It challenges the whole underlying conception on which modern society is built.” Absolutely true! If you don’t believe it, just take a few days to slowly and prayerfully read through these three chapters and ask yourself this simple question: Is this how I am living? Is this how other Christian brothers and sisters in Christ I know are living? Hard to get past the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12) and asking these two questions without major conviction setting in, and the challenge to higher living inspiring us to be different. Different than we are and different than those around us. As one authored noted:
As Christians in America, we’re often lulled in to the false belief that somehow we have a monopoly on the pure undiluted version of the message of Jesus. Unfortunately, we don’t. Christianity by nature has a tendency to blend in and become obscured by the cultural influences that surround it-such has been the case for nearly 2,000 years of Christian history. OUR EXPERIENCE IS NO DIFFERENT!
Every once in awhile we have to ask ourselves is our Christianity more biblical or cultural? Are we better Americans than we are Christians, or followers of Jesus?
It would be good for us not only READ these verses often and PONDER these verses prayerfully, but also ask the Spirit of God to help us to LIVE them faithfully!
No easy task, that’s for sure!!!
Yet, if we do so, our light is sure to shine brightly in the midst of the darkness that seems to be overcoming much of our world!
Just reflecting on the greatest Sermon ever preached!!!