"When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at His teaching, because He taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law." Matthew 7:28-29
Matthew closes his record of the Sermon on the Mount by stating that the people were amazed at Jesus' words. Most of the rabbis in Jesus' day didn't come up with anything new to say. Mainly, they just regurgitated what they were taught. They might have done so in a charismatic way, but it was just transferring information...without authority. Jesus spoke, and it was obvious that He knew what He was talking about. Of course He did...He not only was able to correctly interpret the Law and the Prophets, but He was the one who inspired the words in the first place. Of course He had authority in teaching about those words, and in reflecting on how to live the life God truly calls us to...He is the ultimate model of that.
Does Christ have authority in your life? This is not as asking if you've accepted Him as your savior. This is not the same as saying that you're a Christian. Does He have authority? If He says "jump," do you say 'how high?" and "when should I land?" If you have truly acknowledged Christ as the authority of your life, then no matter what the Spirit tells you to do, do it.
Thank you for journeying with me through the Sermon on the Mount. Now back to your regularly scheduled blog.