The great reversal
“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:28
Do you see how things must be turned upside down? How have you learned to serve and give your life?
Metanoia, a transliteration of the Greek μετάνοια, can be defined as “a transformative change of heart; especially: a spiritual conversion.” The term suggests repudiation, change of mind, repentance, and atonement; but “conversion” and “reformation” may best approximate its connotation. In The King James Version of the Bible, its verbal cognate metanoeo/μετανοέω is translated as repent
– From Wikipedia
You can move mountains, if you have faith.
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20
This principle can be so confusing when we compare the ideal to our experience. How can you explain it.
We need to learn discretion.
“If a brother or sister sins, go and point out the fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.” – Matthew 18:15
What would be the long-term results of this kind of godly confrontation?
Jesus’ identity is the foundation of the Church’s identity, authority and mission
“And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.””
Matthew 16:17-19 ESV
God revealed a key idea here to Peter. Have you ever been in the process of discovering the significance of a truth you have learned?
Good or evil comes out of the words we share.
The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” – Matthew 12:35-37
How do you want to be viewed, when it comes to the messages you share?
Can you see the consequences of good or evil communication?
What “treasure” do you have to give?
Stay connected to stay focused.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. – John 15:5-7
What principles do you see here?
How can you abide?
“…and my words…” as His purpose becomes your purpose, requests will be answered. What are you asking of Him?
Knowing this changes attitudes.
I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” – Matthew 12:6-8
Jesus preached priorities, can you articulate what’s important here?
Understanding the greatness of Jesus changes our perspective; explain the contrast Jesus is drawing here?
How would you help others to reconfigure their perspective of religion?
People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they’ll go to any length to live longer. But don’t think that’s the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe running helps you to do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life — and for me, for writing as whole. I believe many runners would agree.
Learn from Jesus and ease your burden.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
What burdens are you carrying?
How is Jesus offering you His yoke?
Why does Jesus want it to be “easy?”