Are we really listening?

The sermon on the mount is recorded in a number of Gospels. In Luke Jesus turns to his disciples and say’s

To you who are listening I say!

  • Love your enemies.
  • Do good to those who hate you.
  • Bless those who curse you.
  • Pray for those who mistreat you.
  • If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn the other one.
  • If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt.
  • Give to all you ask.
  • If anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.
  • Do to others what you would have them do to you.

Matthew records Jesus saying to his disciples right before his ascension. Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, Son and Spirit. Teaching them to obey all I have commanded you.

Are we really listening to what Jesus said?

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About Craig Benno

I'm an average aussie guy who has lived perhaps a not so average life.
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2 Responses to Are we really listening?

  1. Craig
    I like how you highlighted the “Teaching them to obey all I have commanded you” part. I’m not sure if I’ve ever really thought about it, but Christ does not say “teaching them all I commanded you,” but he includes the word obey/keep. This definitely supports the idea that Christ did not give the disciples (and us today) the command to just simply do “blanket evangelism” but there has to be a discipleship component.

    • Craig Benno says:

      Thanks Josh.

      Yes! I agree with you. Another aspect to this, is that we need to be doubly cautious, whenever we say that some of the things Christ taught the disciples were just for them and are not for us to be doing today.

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