Just think of the millions of sermons that have been preached through the centuries. If you have been attending church for 10 years you have probably heard around 500! How many do you remember? Sermons that stick have substance. The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 can be read in about 15 minutes and yet is considered the most famous, most convicting, and the most enduring sermon of all time.
Through these words, Jesus gives a total rejection of religious externalism, that is, worshipping God for show. He abhors the person who comes to church to do the “religious bit” on Sunday and then goes right back to living like the world after leaving the service.
Perhaps the best-known part of the message Matthew recorded is the opening lines known as the Beatitudes. These short statements are packed with practical significance but can only be lived out by committed believers in Christ. They address the way we think, the way we live, the things we say, and even how we feel. In short, they are all about authentic Christian character.
Are you ready to experience the blessings of God?
Commit to applying one beatitude each day! Take small steps and focus on just one. By the end of the month, see how it affects your daily walk with Christ and your witness to others.