Day 3~ Matt 5 & Prov 1
Today we get into the first of five discourses that are found in the book of Matthew (remember the hand I used on day one).
1.) How are citizens of the kingdom to live?”
Well, when I read, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (5:48), I get a little overwhelmed because I know I am far from perfect. 😩 Yet, as my commentary says, “These teachings, rightly understood, form a challenging but practical ethic that Jesus expects his followers to live by in this present age.”
….So,…perfect is our goal when we have Jesus living in us. One thing I need to remember is that God already sees me as perfect through the lens of Jesus (Cor. 5:17 & Eph. 4:24). 😌 Jesus already sees me as living right. Notice how he says, “You are the salt of the earth” (vs 13) and “You are the light of the world (vs. 14). He didn’t say we are becoming the salt or becoming the light. We are already those things because he is already living in us. With the Holy Spirit living in me, I will naturally reflect Jesus.
I’m reminded of a tee shirt I gave to my son several years ago, which he proudly wore throughout high school. The front said, “Be the moon…”, with a picture of the moon. The back had the words, “Reflect the Son.” (I love that!)
I like what David Guzik says in his commentary about Matthew 5. “All these character traits are marks and goals of all Christians. It is not as if we can major in one to the exclusion of others, as in the case with spiritual gifts. There is no escape from our responsibility to desire every one of these spiritual attributes. If you meet someone who claims to be a Christian but displays and desires none of these traits, you may rightly wonder about their salvation, because they do not have the character of kingdom citizens.”
Today we also start Proverbs! I just have to say, I have always liked 1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…”