Jesus, on Matthew 6:1-24

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Mark Sayers is a Melbourne writer who  has written an excellent book called
“The Vertical Self”.
Mark describes two understandings of ‘self’
1. The horizontal self: Which see’s our peers as our judges and status as
our reward. It encourages a materialistic and temporal worldview.
2. The vertical self: which sees God as our ultimate authority and is
concerned about soul development.

Colossians 3:1-2: Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your
hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Our society is very horizontally focused. When we do things we are quick to
put them on face book or email them around or share the details over a
cuppa. We care deeply what other people think. And, to a degree, this is
fine. We are relational beings.BUT.the gospel introduces us to a new primary
relationship- with our Creator. This shifts our focus from the horizontal to
the vertical, from seeking the approval of the many around us to seeking the
approval of the one heavenly Father. And not just his approval, but his
pleasure, his fellowship, his reward. This is both liberating and sobering.
How is your vertical relationship going and is it evidenced in your prayers
and priorities?

-Tracy Lauersen