By Patrick Mabilog;Credit:sundayadelajablog.com
The teachings of Jesus were some of the most revolutionary ideas people heard during that time, not always because they were pleasant and easy to follow. Sometimes it was also because of the challenge it posed to those who thought they were “holy” enough for heaven already.
Here are five of some of the most challenging teachings Jesus gave to the disciples and to us today, that give us a bigger perspective of what it is to live in Him.
1. Be a slave
In Mark 10:44, Jesus said, “and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.” How often must leaders wish that they could just kick back and relax while they let others do all the hard work, but Jesus made it clear that leadership not just a privilege, but a privilege to serve others beyond what the world measures.
2. Forgive at all times
When Peter, in Matthew 18, tried to show off by through a rhetorical question at Jesus and implying that he can forgive as many as seven times (when Jewish law would only allow up to three offences before someone could raise complaints), Jesus revolutionised forgiving by commanding His followers to forgive as many as times possible. Although forgiveness and trust are two different things, it is still hard to lay aside all bitterness to follow Jesus commands sometimes.
3. Don’t worry
Jesus commands us in Matthew 6:25, “…do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.” Oh. but how we love to worry. Whether you’ve been a Christian for a long time or for just a short period, at one point or another you may have experienced the clutch of worry. God makes it clear, however, not to worry and trust in our own strength, but to trust in His goodness and strength at all times.
4. Riches can distract you
One day, a young rich ruler comes to Jesus and asks Him what He must to to inherit eternal life. Jesus challenges him to let go of all his riches, but the young ruler couldn’t do it. It’s not that Jesus has anything against rich people, but the riches of this world can often blind us from the true essence of a relationship with God.
5. Judge not
No one likes being judged, and the Bible gives us one way to avoid judgment from others. Jesus warned us in Matthew 7:1 saying, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” As easy as that may sound, often it can be much easier to semi-automatically pass on judgment. But God promises that by His enabling grace, we can say no to acting in hate and extending compassion and understanding.