13) Ask, seek, knock do unto others what you would have them do unto you...
14) Narrow and wide gates the world needs to see Christians who take the harder road.
15) A tree and its fruit Jesus teaches that not everyone who merely says His name will enter the kingdom of heaven. The world needs to see the good fruit we are supposed to bear for His glory.
16) The wise and foolish builders the final teaching see Jesus summarize for us "everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock..."
Jesus didn't say those who repeat these words. He did not say those who merely speak these words. Jesus teaches us that it those who put His words into practice will be like the wise man who built his house on the rock; the rock of Christ.
The world is in darkness beloved. It is a darkness that Jesus reached into to save us and wants to save them as well. We are to be that light into the world, piercing into their darkness. Through His teachings in the Sermon on the Mount we see that this is accomplished not with the words of man but words of Christ put into action. It is through humility we show the world the grace of God they so desperately need; not through the words of hypocrisy. Shine your light today and let the whole world see, not just hear. In Jesus name, amen.
Reverend Anthony Wade - May 15, 2009