Our Board of Directors adopted a vision statement to propel St. Luke’s into the future: Connected to Christ to Connect to Community. Starting in January we focused our attention on the first part - Connected to Christ - by studying Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. With this sermon Jesus launched his followers into the world.
Jesus’ New Approach is a movement of God’s people into the world as Salt and Light. But that will require a whole New Attitude. Our natural way of thinking is an “
if...then” attitude. If I do good and work hard then God will bless me and I’ll have a good life. Jesus calls us to a “because...therefore
” attitude. Because God has blessed me completely, forgiving all my sins and giving me the ultimate, eternal good life, therefore I now seek to serve and obey Him.
But how in the world do you maintain that attitude in the midst of the madness of the 21st Century America?! In the next section of Jesus’ sermon on the Mount, Jesus turns our attention to our outward actions that support and demonstrate the new life of following that is growing in us. Giving and fasting are two such disciplines. But Jesus warns us to be careful by “continuously checking our motivation."