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Developing Kingdom Character - A Higher Calling
January 5, 2016

The Sermon on the Mount is probably one of the best-known sections of the gospels and maybe the most difficult to apply.  Jesus taught his followers to live their lives in radical contrast to the principles of the world.  In going up the Mountain, a parallel was drawn to Moses and the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai.  Jesus spoke about authentic living, addressing the longing for significance and security.  Jesus’ cultural alternatives provide the potential of one of the most hopeful, courageous, exciting and adventurous lifestyles imaginable.

 In the Higher Calling of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12), Jesus challenged his listeners to adopt principles that have resonated with people of all times.  Happy, blessed, and greatly to be envied are those who…

  • have a contrite and humble spirit, acknowledging their own spiritual poverty, unworthiness and bankruptcy before the Lord for they will be saved.
  • mourn sinfulness that leads to confession and repentance, for they will be comforted with forgiveness.
  • are gentle, humble and considerate spirit, for they will gain the world.
  • long for what is right, for they will be satisfied.
  • are merciful and compassionate for their mercy will be returned.
  • are pure in heart for they can bold enter into God’s presence.
  • are work for peace for they are God’s children, doing what God does.
  • suffer persecution for doing right for they will be rewarded.

 How do people typically seek to find meaning?  Running after the fame and fortune of this world will never bring long lasting satisfaction, security or significance.  Only by adopting this higher calling, developing Kingdom Character as presented by Jesus Christ, are people going to find happiness, contentment and peace.  These virtues preserve true humanity in society for which we were created.  Follow Jesus and applying his teachings to your life and you will see a change in your life and in the lives of others around you.


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