In View of God’s Mercy

Not so with you. (Matthew 20:26, NIV 1984).

My Musings – Of course there is a specific context to the above sound-bite from Matthew’s Gospel.  The Kingdom is not about power, position or prestige, but rather sympathy, service and sacrifice.  But I don’t think it is necessarily limited to the immediate context.  For example, in His sermon on the mount, Jesus repeatedly said, “you have heard it said…but I say to you…”  In other words, the world tells you this is the way you should be, these are the things you are to pursue. But Jesus says, “not so with you.”  We are called to a higher standard, a higher purpose, than the world around us.  For we are no longer of this world.

My Advice – I cannot improve upon the advice given by the Apostle Paul. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” (Romans 12:1–3, NIV 1984). 

Inspired by Pastor Nate Miller’s sermon, Sunday, March 21, 2021.