Reset In The Mess || Relationally

Reset || Relationally


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A classic saying that says: show me your friends show me your future


Really a statement of influence

we’ve all been influenced into making a poor decision

But we’ve also all been positively influenced by others


There are people in our lives that can lift us up to see a new place

Give us new perspectives

New goals to aim at

New purposes and mission


They helped you “level up” or step up your thinking and perspective


When Jesus began his ministry, He would go around from place to place teaching basically the same thing

Saying, this is what the Kingdom of God looks like


His teachings  were giving the world a new perspective on




How we view others and ourselves





His teaching went to the core of so many issues in the world

So many we are still dealing with today…


He had this way of taking what his listeners thought they knew but would take their understanding even higher. STEP UP THEIR THINKING


Matthew 5

14 “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.


Jesus is saying…

Don’t hide the light of the love of the kingdom of God in your heart, but live it so the world can see

For darkness to run, light must shine


Jesus is trying to get his listeners, and us, to step up a level and see our purpose in His kingdom

It’s not enough to live a quiet, private life of faith, Let your line shine


He is pushing us out of self-centered complacency


So Jesus goes on to give a list of examples of what it means to be “The light of the world”

Each time taking something his listeners knew and took for granted – And Elevating it


Matthew 5

21 “You have heard that it was said to our ancestors, Do not murder, and whoever murders will be subject to judgment.

22 But I tell you, everyone who is angry (Without cause) with his brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Whoever insults his brother or sister, will be subject to the court.


Anger that is unbridled, unrestrained

anger that leads to hate

This anger leads to murder


But Jesus…

Maybe they deserved it

Maybe I had the right

It’s not hurting anyone


How you view others matters

You are to be the light/city on a hill


Matthew 5

38 “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

-Playground rules

– I get back what was taken

– I respond like how I was treated


39 But I tell you, don’t resist an evildoer. On the contrary, if anyone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

40 As for the one who wants to sue you and take away your shirt, let him have your coat as well.

41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two.


This is a hard teaching


The Jewish people were occupied by the Romans

– If a Roman soldier asks for something from the, they had to give it


Why is Jesus teaching us this?

Seems impossible


Because there is another kingdom – GOD’S KINGDOM


Here’s the big question for those of us who call Jesus our savior?



Longing For?

Dreaming for?



But Jesus wasn’t quite done

He sums up everything he has been talking about…


Matthew 5

43 “You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.


Even today, we love to claim love for our neighbor

Those like us

Those are for us

That look like us

Talk like us

Support us



44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven.



Our world needs a relational reset

But that will only come when the children of God start living like the kingdom of God matters


Do your relationships with those most unlike you reflect the light of Jesus in you?

Those you disagree with politically?

Those who have wronged you?


You can’t claim to follow Jesus and disregard his teachings

That’s called a hypocrite


Jesus has elevated our understanding of what Love is and what Love requires


What does love require of you and me?

To serve those most unlike us

To lay ourselves down for the good of others

To be FOR others, even if they are against us


Romans 5

8 But this is how God demonstrates his own love for us: the Messiah died for us while we were still sinners.

10 When we were enemies, you see, we were reconciled to God through the death of his son; if that’s so, how much more, having already been reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

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