Happy New Year!
I wrote yesterday that I asked the members of the NW Church to pick one command of Christ and resolve to pursue it this year. Well, here’s mine.
I know, there’s more than one command in there, but this morning as I was reading, it seemed to call to me in a couple of ways. 1) Verse 40, which says “…but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” That’s what I want to be, like my teacher. 2) The whole thing opens with a Sabbath, which is going to continue to be a focus. 3) The Sermon on the Plain is a little more straight to the point that the Matthew 5-7 version. Happy are the poor, the weeping, the hungry, the hated-on-account-of-Jesus. 4) Love your enemies, give, forgive. 5) The centrality of the heart in vs. 43-45, and 6) The need to build the foundation.
I’m going to put that with Romans 12:1-2. Body as living sacrifice, do not conform to the pattern of the world, transform by renewing the mind.
God help me, that’s where I’m going.