The Good Life

David Bast

READ : Matthew 5:1-7

What sort of pictures come to your mind when you hear the words “the good life”? For most of us the pictures would include beautiful houses with manicured gardens, tennis courts and swim ming pools … sleek and gleaming automobiles . . . lavish feasts of rich food and drink . . . expensive clothes . . . frequent trips to places like Hawaii or the Riviera.

But I’m thinking of the good life in an entirely different sense. Not good as in enjoyable or pleasurable, but good as in moral, virtuous, righteous. Throughout this month, I invite you to reflect with me on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, the supreme guide to the good life. Jesus’ words in Matthew 5-7 are addressed to his disciples, to those who already know him and are seeking to obey him. The Sermon on the Mount is not the plan of salvation. Jesus’ main concern here is not to explain to people how they can be saved; rather, it is to teach them how to live once they have been saved.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shows us what the truly good life actually looks like. His words attract and inspire us with their beautiful picture of life as God intended it to be. And if they leave us feeling frustrated because of our failure to live up to them, well, there is one Person we can turn to for help to turn our moral defeats into victories.

PRAYER

Lord, help me to live “the good life.” For Jesus’ sake. Amen.