October 10 (Daily reading: Matthew 5-7) Jesus emphasized what is true for Christians.
(1) True happiness (5:3-10). Among other things, the Beatitudes promised that the kingdom of heaven is ours, that we will see God and be called His children. The Christian lifestyle will bring happiness!
(2) A true purpose in life (5:13-16). Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth.” Christians should have a positive influence over people. Salt makes a difference! He also said, “You are the light of the world.” Christians must not hide their light. “Let your light shine before men.” Paul wrote: “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light” (Eph. 5:8).
(3) A true self (5:21-48; 7:1-5). Christians should not be hypocrites. You say, “I’m not a murderer, or an adulterer.” Jesus says, “What about feelings of hate, or thinking impure thoughts?” You say, “I’m not a liar; I just stretch the truth a little.” Jesus says, “Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No.’” You say, “I don’t want revenge; I just want justice.” Jesus says, “Turn the other cheek! Walk the extra mile!” You say, “I avoid people that I don’t like.” Jesus says, “Love your enemies and pray for those who are mean to you.” You say, “I am not judgmental.” Jesus says, “Why do you look at the splinter in your brother’s eye and ignore the log in your own eye?”
(4) A true treasure (6:19-24). “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven … For where your treasure is, there you heart will be also.” Those who serve money discover it can be a treacherous master!
(5) True wisdom (7:24-27). Hearing and obeying God’s word is like a wise man who builds his house upon a foundation of rock. Not following God’s word is like a foolish man who builds his house upon a foundation of sand.
– Al Gary