What is called by some, “The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached”, but known by most as “The Sermon on the Mount” is recorded in Matthew (Chapters 5-7) The speaker is Jesus. It starts off with the beatitudes, goes into teaching how to pray, (The Lord’s Prayer), and then hits on just about any subject a human can deal with in a lifetime.
A Christian’s goal should be, as God’s will is for us, to be more like Christ. In Romans 8:28-29, the Apostle Paul wrote that God uses everything we go through, if we believe, to transform us into being like Christ.
In His sermon Jesus teaches us how to live our life and the attitude in which we should live it, in order to maximize our growth, to please God and to be like Jesus while on this side of heaven.
Jesus was speaking to Jewish people who were constantly being discipled in the art of law. As we read His message one has to be thinking, “I give up. How can I live this kind of life? How can I measure up?”
At one point in the message, Jesus tells us we must be perfect, like God is perfect.
But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. Matt 5:48
How is that possible? That’s the point.
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Matt 19:26
It is impossible to be perfect. It is impossible to be righteous in your own human condition. You become righteous and you work to be more like Christ through a regenrated, new life in Christ.
The more we focus on making Jesus Lord of our life and are obedient to God’s Word the more we will be transformed into Christ-likeness.
Oswald Chambers wrote:
“If the Spirit of God has transformed you within, you will exhibit divine characteristics in your life, not just good human characteristics. God’s life in us expresses itself as God’s life, not as human life trying to be godly. The secret of a Christian’s life is that the supernatural becomes natural in him as a result of the grace of God, and the experience of this becomes evident in the practical, everyday details of life, not in times of intimate fellowship with God. And when we come in contact with things that create confusion and a flurry of activity, we find to our own amazement that we have the power to stay wonderfully poised even in the center of it all.”
Many Christians read God’s Word and then struggle with being obedient because it seems much to difficult. It is difficult, and it’s impossible without God.
You won’t act perfect on this side of heaven. You will mess up. You will make bad choices. Thanks to God’s grace, you are perfect in His eyes because as a Christ-follower when God looks at you He sees Jesus. He sees perfection. So strive to live your life as a representative of Christ while here on earth.
So …. If you want to be more like Jesus, like God wants you to be more like Jesus, commit to loving Jesus with all your heart. Then commit to being obedient. Then transformation will happen, and it will become more natural for you because you will be working in the supernatural.
Have you committed first to loving Jesus with all your heart?
Are you allowing God to live through you?
Are you committed to moving toward Christ-likeness?