Blog Space of Rev. Adrian J. Pratt B.D, pastor at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, Ellicott City, MD

Monday, February 3, 2020

What Drives You?

This weekend the Super Bowl was held. It turned out to be a victory for the Chiefs. Only a small number of people ever get to play in a Super Bowl game. The demands placed on the players are incredible. Win or lose, they have to give their all to their game.

Jesus calls us to be disciples with a high level of commitment. This past Sunday at Mount Hebron Presbyterian our sermon reflected on Matthew 5:1-12 and the theme “What Drives You?” Our sermon can be found here.

In common with disciples of all times and all places, following Jesus involves a deep level of commitment. Not just commitment to anything, but for the Christian, commitment to the values Jesus embraced. In Matthews gospel these are illuminated by His “Sermon on the Mount.” His words present to us a very different view of life than conventional wisdom would suggest.

Behind much of the teaching in this radical sermon is the thought that actions begin in the heart. That true blessedness (sometimes called “Happiness” or even “Joy”) lies in navigating even life's darkest moments in the confidence that God walks with us. The darkness of life can be a blessing when it moves us to discover the loving comfort and embrace of the God of all light and love.

Where it anybody else than Jesus speaking these words we would be tempted to dismiss them. When we consider the life He lived, the suffering He faced and the love He shared, His words have a note of authority attached to them. 

As we are told in Philippians 2:7-8 “He emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

To succeed at any venture takes not only inspiration but also embracing values in our innermost selves that enable us to face whatever life throws at us with grit and determination. Be it NFL success or spiritual maturity … the call is to press forward with all that we are.

In our service, as well as raising money for our Presbyteries Cents-Abilty program, we also sang what has become our “Souperbowl” song, Bobby Bare's “Drop Kick me Jesus through the goalposts of Life.” Enjoy!

Prayer: “Lord help me to respond to Your love with determination and allow Your love to change me. And when I fail, pick me up again and remind me that Your love is stronger than my weakness. Amen.

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