Jesus, on Kingdom values and characteristics.

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Many schools, businesses and organisations have a page on their website that is “about us”. Usually it explains their values and vision. Sometimes those values and characteristics are turned into slogans so they are more memorable, for example :Think Different (Apple Corporation).

This week we look at the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-10 as part of our Jesus, actually…. series. The sermon on the mount is really a statement about the values and behaviours which are to characterise those people who ‘live’ in God’s Kingdom today. If we want to be in God’s kingdom then we ought to be increasingly:

  • Contrite
  • Aware of our spiritual poverty
  • Meek
  • Hungry for righteousness
  • Merciful
  • Pure of heart
  • Peacemakers
  • Willing to be persecuted for our beliefs

Ironically, Jesus teaches that if these are the things that characterise us, we will be blessed and Happy! Some of the characteristics and values seem at face value to be counterintuitive to happiness and so one commentator wrote ”This is evidently a quiet kind of happiness” that Jesus had in mind!

The question for us each personally and also corporately for our Church is: Do we understand what they each mean and are these the values and behaviours that characterise us?

–Tracy Lauersen