Does your Sunday morning experience effect your Monday afternoon existence?
If the truth be told, many of us "Christians" act a certain way on Sunday morning, and once we enter the church we are super "holy" until we leave. However on Monday morning we are totally different people. We change and even compromise our Christian beliefs because of work, family, money, and even because of societal norms. Christian lawyers leave church on Sunday to defend guilty clients on Thursday. While the head of the financial committee will count the tithe on Sunday and return to work on Wednesday to help a client cheat on their taxes. We cut corners, lie, cheat and steal all week long and return to the house of God on Sunday to do the right thing.
This brings us to the scripture of focus for today, how are we really living? Are we living the Be- Attitudes Jesus instructs in the text? Or are we selfish, self-centered and greedy? Today lets focus on how we can be a blessing to others without compromising our morals, and Christian values any day of the week in any place. If our worship experience does not change us and affect us in our daily living than we need to rethink why or how we are worshiping.
5When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3 ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.11 ‘Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Until Tomorrow, Be Well. Pastor J