In this age of wide availability of knowledge, we all face a huge challenge of who to follow as a spiritual guide. C. S. Lewis, author of the popular ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ novels, was clear about this; in his book ‘Mere Christianity’ he wrote:
“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic… or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.”
In the book of Matthew, Chapters 5 to 7, Jesus teaches on how to live a godly and considerate life, ending with this counsel in Matthew 7:24-28 (MSG):
“These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.”
“But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”
When Jesus concluded his address, the crowd burst into applause… This was the best teaching they had ever heard.
This was a magnus opus moment for Jesus; Matthew Chapters 5 to 7 are a Jesus masterclass with some of his greatest principles for life. May God help us to learn these principles and live by them one day at a time, Amen!