Have you ever had someone say, “When you have a chance we need to talk?” What is your first reaction to those words, “we need to talk?” Fear, no way, I’m busy? Generally, we are concerned. On this day in Galilee some two thousand years ago, Jesus saw the need to talk with us. For all those wondering where God is and wondering why can’t I get a little Devine input? START HERE.
God sees us, and He invites us to sit, listen, participate
The Sermon on the Mount is for us. Matthew 5:1-2 “Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.” The Beatitudes. Like the Beatles greatest hits, Jesus dives into the realities and struggles of life. Blessings always come through the tight squeeze of life. God looked at the situation we were in and said, “we need to talk.”
Don’t put yourself at the center
We all tend to look out for number one. The problem with setting oneself on center stage we miss out on the most significant part of life. We miss God. We miss all the beauty of everyone and everything else. We look at life as what it has to give us rather than what we can do to participate. Jesus invites us to live for a Devine purpose. If we put our self first, we’re likely to live in loneliness or irrelevance. Choose to be salt and light. Add value, flavor, and life wherever you go. The people around you need you, and you’ll benefit from living beyond yourself.
An invitation to trust
Trust is not easy. Trust means believing in others. Jesus says that God has been taking care of birds and kings forever. Trust him with the way you live. Today read through his list of life lessons and choose to trust Jesus. Believe God is for you.
Let God speak to you through His word
Psalm 83 opens with “O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God. So let’s pray that now. God, I give you permission to speak into my day, my life, my year. Lead me not into temptation, deliver me from evil. Keep me from a self-centered life. May your Holy Spirit lead me to live for Christ’s sake. Amen.