Look around you today.
See anyone who needs help? Pitch in.
See anyone who’s down? Lift ’em.
See anyone who’s tired, stressed, overwhelmed, frustrated and/or maxed out (in other words, 99.9999999% of the people in the world)? Love ’em.
To recap, we started with a little quiz to assess your Bible literacy. Then we discussed how to get more Bible into our ♥s. Next, we boiled it down to one noun: JESUS. Then one verb: LOVE. And then yesterday we zeroed in on the job description for every Christian: BELIEVE.
Today’s topic: the only thing that matters on this planet, according to the Bible. Here it is in one beautiful little verse. Meditate on it. Marinate in it. Memorize it.
We started with a little quiz to assess your Bible literacy. Then we dove into how to get more Bibleishness into your life. Yesterday, we started looking at the BIG picture of the Bible by boiling it down to one noun: JESUS.
Today, we boil it down to one verb. Here it is:
We’re sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to the greatest sermon ever preached: the Sermon on the Mount.
Today, we come to what a theologian named John Stott called the “highest point of the Sermon on the Mount.” I love how he describes it:
It is both most admired and most resented, namely the attitude of total love which Christ calls us to show towards one who is evil and our enemies. Nowhere is the challenge of the Sermon greater. Nowhere is the distinctness of the Christian counter-culture more obvious. Nowhere is our need of the power of the Holy Spirit (whose first fruit is love) more compelling.
Pray through these words with all your ♥: