Sunday, October 07, 2007

Opposite World – Part 2

Let’s continue our exploration of “Opposite World” as we examine the Sermon on the Mount and Jesus’ description of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Remember, you will see that the Kingdom of God can be called OPPOSITE WORLD because it is completely opposite in nature from the kingdom of this world.

The world says anger is often justified and healthy. In the Kingdom of God anger and calling someone a fool (stupid) is equivalent to murder. Matt. 5:21-22

The world promotes lust. It is everywhere – TV, movies, magazines, billboards, etc. In Opposite World, the Kingdom of God, lust is equivalent to adultery which can send us to hell. Matt. 5:27-30

The world says an eye for an eye (it’s ok to get revenge when someone wrongs you – take them to court). In the Kingdom of God you turn the other cheek. Matt. 5:38-42

The kingdom of this world says love your neighbor and hate your enemy. In Opposite World you actually love your enemies and pray for them. Matt. 5:43-48

The world promotes generosity, but tends to make TV special out of it (LiveAid, Oprah, etc.). In the Kingdom of Heaven (Opposite World) you give to the needy generously in secret. Matt. 6:1-4

The world promotes the accumulation of wealth (He who dies with the most toys wins). In God’s economy we store up treasures in heaven. {John Wesley exemplifies this as a lot of money passed through his hands and he dies virtually penniless in the world’s eyes. – he gave it all away as he lived and stored up his treasures in heaven instead.} Matt. 6:19-24

Finally, the kingdom of this world says to get on the bandwagon and join the crowd (safety in numbers & everyone is doing it). In Opposite World the gate is small and the road is narrow that leads to life. Few find the Kingdom of Heaven. Matt. 7:13-14

Don’t be fooled, there is no dual citizenship. Again I challenge us to examine the characteristics of the Kingdom of God and sincerely ask ourselves if we are living like a citizen of Heaven or a citizen of this world. Where is our allegiance?

Related Posts: Part 1; Part 3

1 comment:

Kathy said...

Great posts! Very convicting!