Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Sermon On The Mount (Part 27)
Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7:12 (NKJV)
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us...
Ephesians 5:1-2 (NKJV)
To be a qualified disciple of Jesus Christ, you must do what He did: love God and people--in that order. Including prodigals, adulterers, poor people, desperate people and even demon-possessed lunatics.
On the other hand, Jesus hated hypocrisy. He exposed it relentlessly. Why? So others would know better than to copy faith phonies. So people could be free to copy Him--and thereby enter the Kingdom of God. So they could live joyful and fruitful lives--eternally.
After Moses, the Law and the Prophets set the rules for hatred and love, war and peace, profanity and worship, rebellion and obedience. They were strict and perfectly fair, but they were not perfectly followed. When Jesus came, a new era began.
During His time on Earth, He covered rules with grace, hatred with love and war with peace. He fulfilled every Word of God. Then He simplified Them: 'Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them' (Matthew 7:12).* It's an easy to understand Command, but One especially hard to do. But do It we must. This simple Verse must shine in our minds, mouths and deeds.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, consider It your most important Script: the underlying plot line, the theme of your everyday life. If you want patience, be patient--especially when it's hard. If you want kindness, be kind--especially when it's hard. If you want love, love the unloveable. Because without Christ, you are no more than a sinner yourself.
'There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one' (Romans 3:10-12). So represent Him well in Hollywood.
If you want success, give it to others. Applaud the winners, and mean it. Encourage the losers, and lift them. Humble yourself in the process. Accept the role of 'extra' with gladness. Embrace the small stage with joy. Love the position of servant, and God will make you a star.
To Be Continued...
* Even more: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest Commandment. And the Second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments' (Matthew 22:37-40).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Sermon On The Mount series.