Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mount of Beatitudes


After Capernaum we drove the short distance to the beautiful Mount of Beatitudes. It was here that Jesus gave the famous message to the crowds. Jesus would have stood near the shore of the Sea of Galilee so the wind off the lake could carried His voice to the people on the hillside.

"Blessed are the . . ."

Jesus closed the sermon with the story of the wise man who built his house on the rock and the foolish man who built his house on sand. Both men heard the words of Jesus; they did not need more knowledge. They needed to obey. Yet the foolish man failed to put Jesus' words into practice.

On that famous mount, Lon challenged us to live lives of obedience -- to set the bar at nothing less than complete obedience to God's Word. We bowed our heads and asked God to examine our lives to reveal changes we needed to make in how we live, who we see, what we say . . .

And finally we sang the simple children's song "The wise man built his house upon the rock" complete with hand motions! Grown ups singing a children's song.

Life gets complicated and obedience becomes hard. Can I keep it simple -- obey -- build my house upon the rock of Jesus Christ? When I hear that song in the future, I'll picture myself on the Mount of Beatitudes looking down to the Sea of Galilee, imaging my Savior speaking to my heart. A simple message -- a powerful truth.

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