Scripture: Matthew 4- Matthew 6
This is the calling of the disciples and the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount. This is one of Jesus’ most famous sermons. (and honestly, one of my favorite pieces of scripture!)
Observation: In Thirteen, our college and career ministry, we’ve been talking a lot about what a Young Adult Christian looks like. This scripture seems to talk a lot about the qualities that a Christian has. They are peacemakers, meek, and pure in heart. They are sometimes persecuted and sometimes sad. They are salty and bright and faithful. They despise vengeance and strive to keep their word. They love their enemies and are generous. They don’t worry, for they know they are taken care of. The verses that really captivated me came at the end of chapter 5. Jesus reminded us that even those who don’t believe often do good things. But rarely do they love their enemies. That struck me.
Application: I’m still asking myself. What am I doing differently because I believe in Christ? I was at a pool party this weekend and watched a group of amazing young Christians interact with their peers. I kept trying to see if there were differences between how we acted and how the rest of the rowdy college students did. Did we act like Christ called us to? Did we love others? Were we faithful? Were we salt and light? In the end, I decided that while there is always work to be done, God can shine, even in the midst of a pick-up water volleyball game!
Prayer: Lord, please continue to preach your Word to me. Continue to change my heart and my life so that I look more like you. Help me see the blessings of today and be a blessing to others. Amen.
Grins and Blessings!