Friday, October 21, 2005

Directives From the King

As I study about living in the Kingdom of God, I have been reminded this week about just how different Jesus' teachings are from the practices of the world. "If someone asks for your shirt, give him your coat as well." Jesus, don't you realize that would mean that he wins? "Do not lay up treasures on earth." But that's how we measure success.

For me, the toughest one is this: "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." Everything about that is so unnatural! But then I'm reminded: Jesus hasn't called us to live like humans. He's called us to be like our Father in heaven.

So what one teaching of Jesus most challenges you?


cojack77 said...

The one you said. It is very hard to love your enemies.

Josh Ross said...

"Love your enemies" is tough, but the one that a am struggling with the hardest is Luke 14:12, "When you give a luncheon or dinner, don't invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case THEY MAY INVITE YOU IN RETURN, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because THEY CANNOT REPAY YOU, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

How about that one? The question of the Bible seems to be less concerned with who gets religion right, and more concerned with who we are inviting to sit at our table.

Jeff said...

It seems like Jesus mentioned something about being a servant and while I appreciate the servant-hearted people I see all around me, I find it hard to be an example of a servant. I find reasons not to get involved too often with the hands-on role of a servant. I want my time and my space and I'll fit others in when I can.

Randy said...

I find it almost unbearably difficult to display the joy and confidence in the Lord that I should. Not that loving your enemies, being a true servant, or practicing pure and undefiled religion is easy.