Kingdom of Heaven: True or False?

 
Rev. Dave Middlebrook

6th August, 2017 ()

Bible Text: Matthew 7:21-29 |

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All of us do things we know are not good for us, but it's almost as if we can't help ourselves. But more seriously Christ gives us a model for life, and God gives us guidelines in life, and we know they are good for us, but we fail to follow them. To be citizens of 'The Kingdom of Heaven' God asks us to have a different set of priorities and different approach in life, but somehow we fail to take that advice and follow that model. In our reading today Christ is hard hitting: "Not everyone who calls out to me 'Lord! Lord!' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter". It is no good just listening, just reading, just thinking the Bible is a 'good thing'. We're asked to absorb it, allow it to change us, and to live by it. This isn't about rules to confine us, this is about guidelines to free us. How good are we at forgiving those who don't deserve to be forgiven, loving our enemies, not judging others, making peace, turning the other cheek .... and more. Jesus' teaching is radical, is revolutionary, is so different to that of the world. Do we follow His teaching? Are we building our lives on the solid ground of Christ, or are we on sinking sand. The choice is ours.

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