Guard Your Heart
Many religious people are content to allow Jesus to speak into ‘spiritual matters’ about how to connect with God, but relegate Jesus’ teaching on ‘everyday matters’ to the sidelines. Perhaps this is no more true than in the area of sexuality. Yet Jesus has profound insight into the nature of all aspects of humanity and offers us a timely word on how to avoid sexual regrets by guarding our hearts wisely and relating to one another honourably.
In John 17 Jesus makes a startling claim that He had ‘completed the work [the Father] gave [Him] to do’ – and this was prior to His death and resurrection. If the cross had not yet come, what work was He speaking of? He was referring to the work of establishing a group of apprentices who would be able to carry and embody His vision and His message out into all the world. As a faith community, we are seeking to grow as apprentices of this one who knew how to live the life we were designed for and empowers and enables us to live with God right now.
Throughout the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus confronts false narratives that keep us from experiencing life abundantly and offers another narrative, another path towards a life that leads to fullness and joy (“You have heard it said...but I tell you...”). This great sermon is Jesus’ public declaration of His intentions, beliefs, and vision for life in the Kingdom of God.