Enormous crowds showed up to hear Jesus preach. His teaching was different. He spoke with authority. His teaching style was riveting. He was the talk of the town and everyone wanted to hear what He had to say.
On one such occasion, in Matthew 5-7, Jesus is preaching on a hillside near Caperneum. He was preaching the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes which was his most famous sermon. This is the sermon where Jesus gave this whole new paradigm shift. He told us a whole new way in which to live our lives. He expressed a kingdom lifestyle.
Jesus preached a new value system. A whole new way of living and thinking. The Beatitudes explain kingdom values in contrast to earthly values. Eternal values compared to temporal values. Values like – ‘treat people like you want to be treated.’ Forgive always and completely. Turn the other cheek. Go the extra mile . Be generous with your time and money.
Jesus made it clear…you can live your life on your agenda or you can be in tune with God’s plan and purpose for your life. Maybe it’s time for a paradigm shift in your thinking and living.