By Pastor Glem Melo
5:1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven… 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven… 6:31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” (Matthew 5:1-3, 20; 6:31-32)
In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ teaches us the heart and way of life that God intends for His people. In the words of R.T. France, “It deals with the character, duties, attitudes and dangers of the Christian disciple. It is a manifesto setting out the nature of life in the kingdom of heaven.” Basically, our King and Savior teaches us two things:
- Do not be like the hypocrites. They profess faith in God, but it’s all a mask. The truth is that they “relax” God’s word and teach others to do the same (5:19). Their religion is all a show (6:1).
- Do not be like the heathen. Material things are all they are after, and they have no regard for the Lord (6:31-32).
Christian believer, Jesus our Messiah demands that we live according to the standards of His heavenly kingdom. By the grace and power of the Holy Spirit, forsake sin and worldliness. Be a true believer in heart and life.