I actually get the Sermon on the Mount and the love chapter of 1 Corinthians 13. It makes sense to me and how my brain is wired, I understand what needs to change in my life if I am going to be a follower of Jesus. That is not the case with everyone. Some need different parts of their lives looked after in order to get the bigger picture. When I see certain individuals missing this, I see a life of frustration. They keep trying to change their lives without first changing the part of them that is broken – it cannot be done.
Can you imagine a person looking at 1 Corinthians 13 being in so much despair not really knowing that they could become a person possessed of love. Unfortunately, they cannot see it and end up getting off the train.. They do not want to go on. They sign off. The same goes with the Sermon on the Mount – because they are thinking wrongly about how change occurs. In order to get this right, we have to think about the parts of our self that need attention.
What does the heart of a disciple maker look like? It is one thing to change a person’s behaviour and quite another to change their heart.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. – Matthew 5:8 ESV
I believe that it starts with pure motives. Remember James and John wanting positions of authority with Jesus? We see this in the three years Jesus was with the disciples and how many times did we ask ourselves why the disciples really wanted to follow Him.
The first experiences were quite awful – they forgot moments after Jesus taught. The blueprint of the Sermon on the Mount was for the disciples only. The blessing of this sermon were to be the blessings of those who committed their lives to the disciplined life of a follower of Jesus.
Moving to the matter of the heart – we are called to have a love for others. 1 Corinthians challenges me. The answer to division, confusion, chaos, fighting – love. A special love – agape – which means sacrificial love, a love that puts the needs of others ahead of my own. So really, my question is more in the line of how much I care for those around me? Do I love them, long to see them know God, share my faith and glorify God with my words and my actions? One thing is for certain, love is not a feeling. It’s action.