Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Morning Devotions: Day 3

So if Christ Kingdom is real, here and now, how are we supposed to act? Jesus actually lays out exactly the kind of Kingdom agents we are supposed to be. We are to be splinter cells of hope, anxiously awaiting our opportunity to throw kindness grenades and explosive love.

Read Matthew 5:38-42

What is your typical response to someone who wrongs you? When some mocks you, what do you do?

Do you respond by firing back? I know I do. But what does Jesus say in this passage?

This is one of the most difficult things that Jesus ever taught. EVER. Turn the other cheek. If someone asks for your lunch, give them your drink too. If someone wants to borrow your new CD, give them your iPod too.

Wait a minute. My iPod? Jesus doesn’t seriously want us to give away our iPods does he?

What would your school be like if you willingly gave away what people asked of you? The reason the idea of giving away your iPod (or whatever it is that is valuable to you) is so bothersome is because you are more concerned with that, than with living the way Jesus calls us too...

What things do you love more than your enemies?


Anonymous said...

Justin I think the devotions are great. I'm looking forward to your messages. The questions are thought provoking. Do they do these before they hear you talk? I found a few typos but other than that I think you are good! -Martha Jo

Joshua Olson said...

Justin, i was trying to find your gmail account information, but failed to do so. email me at thanks.

It was great seeing you at Charlie's wedding. God's peace to you.