We live in a society with so much. So much food, entertainment, career options, shops, technology. We seem to have everything, except happiness. Today we will see how our obsession with chasing everything has led us away from the only thing we should be chasing.
Why are we here? Throughout human history people have pondered the bigger questions of life, reflecting on what seems to be a meaningless existence. Ecclesiastes deals with these big questions and will ultimately hold out something better than what we find ‘under the sun’.
I don’t expect any of us wants Jesus to call us a fool. As he ends his famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gets serious about what it means to follow him. The fools listen to him but do not do what he says.
On this Mother’s Day, I want to ask ladies: “what do you need most?” You might have many suggestions, but Jesus has the best answer because he knows you best. We will explore that today.
How does the Christian relate to the world? Does it even matter? To Jesus it most certainly did. When he uses the metaphors of salt and light, he affirms that we are ordinary, but also that we are to be very useful in the world.
How we live in relationship to others says a lot about whether we value the same things Jesus values. In the Kingdom of God, we are blessed when we are blessing others.
What is the good life? Your answer to that question says a lot about what your desire most. As Jesus starts the Sermon on the Mount, he challenges worldly desires and calls us to desire something greater.
Are you a leader or a follower? The world esteems leaders, but the gospel call is to be a follower of the One who is most worthy of our full allegiance.
Light is so important. If you’ve ever been out in the pitch black of night, you long for just a flicker of light. Spiritually, the Bible says our whole world is in darkness, but the light has dawned on us. We who live in this light have a big responsibility.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be perfect! Yet each day we are faced with temptations that drag us in places we wish we did not go. Today we will see Jesus facing very real temptations and there is much we can learn about our temptations from seeing Jesus deal with his.