Is there room in the kingdom for me?

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Brothers and Sisters in Christ, matthew sermon on the mount

The Sermon on the Mount from Matthew’s Gospel is relentless. Verse after verse, section after section, God’s commands pile up – commands that sound more and more impossible. “Blessed are the pure in heart,” (5:8) Jesus says. “Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven,” (5:20) Jesus says. In the Gospel reading this week we hear, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” But Jesus saved the best for last as Matthew chapter 5 ends with Jesus boldly calling us to “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (5:48). Really?!

Umm, what happened to the GRACE of God? What are my options here? I know perfection isn’t one of them. I’ve wasted enough of my life trying, and failing, to achieve that. Is there room in the kingdom for me? Amen?!

See you Sunday…
Pastor Rachael

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