In today’s society, it is becoming increasingly challenging for many people to understand certain truths in the Bible, that are simply life-changing. Truths that can cause your life to be filled with meaning, joy and hope. Finding Jesus, is truly the greatest gift that you can ever receive!
Unfortunately, with the culture of today, many people want to change scripture or they claim that it no longer applies to us today, because things have changed so much in so many ways. In Matthew, Chapters 5,6 and 7 Jesus gives us the recipe on how we should live. A big portion of these chapters covers the sermon on the mount. Personally, I believe that these 3 chapters of scripture can totally change a person’s life, if they make a decision to apply the scripture exactly as is and not change it, for convenience’s sake.
One of the most destructive things taught today, is that many of these teachings, simply don’t apply to us anymore because we are in a dispensation of grace. The problem I have with this crazy belief is that the early Church, does not give us a picture of what is being taught today.
Please do not misunderstand me, I am not saying that God does not bless us, protect us and wants to prosper us. On the contrary, I have a strong belief that He wants to do all those things and are doing them. However, I also believe that serving the Lord means that life is not always a rose garden. We often have to deal with challenging things that can be very hard to bear. Jesus taught us that there are two paths that we can take as a Christian:
Matthew 7:13–19 (NKJV)
13“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
14Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
15“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
16You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?
17Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Changing God’s Word to suit our own personal desires or what the culture demands is not going to get us to the destination that we want to go. Jesus said the path to life is narrow and not always easy. However, by following God and making the right life choices, according to Gods Word, even though it may not always be easy, will enable us to live a life of total fulfillment, joy and peace in this life and the next.