Are You Great or Least in the Kingdom of God?

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus laid out for us the qualifications for greatness in the kingdom of God.  They are to keep and teach all the commandments of the Law.  How are you doing with that?  Of course, Jesus meant to keep and teach them in the grace and truth He brought through them, not the fleshly way they were originally laid down by Moses (i.e. circumcision of the heart not the flesh, unleavened bread of sincerity and truth and not literal crackers, Jesus as our lamb and not a woolly mammal, and so on).  Even so, how are you doing with that?

That, by the way, is only a rhetorical question from me because it’s none of my business where you stand.  I ask because I see hardly any Christian leaders today who seem to measure themselves in these terms.  It is an awesome standard Jesus has laid upon us.  We should at least acknowledge that this is the measuring stick.

Instead of pursuing Jesus’ standard, it appears many Christian leaders have simply constructed alternative forms of Christianity.  Some focus on building the biggest, most successful church.  Others focus on having the purest doctrine.  Others focus on having the warmest fellowship of believers.  It’s amazing how many alternatives exist, and how zealously they are pursued.

If you are one of those Christian leaders, I hope you will reconsider Jesus’s words and your own direction in life.  There may be time to make things right before you see Him in heaven.

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