Do we think about what Jesus says for our lives?

Do we think about who he tells us God blesses?

Do we actually allow the words he says to sink in?  To impact us? To shake us to our core?

Blessed are the peacemakers.  Blessed are those who mourn.  Blessed are those who thirst for righteousness.  Blessed are the poor in spirit.  Why do you call me Lord, Lord, but do not do what I tell you?

Instead, do we set up walls and barriers to Jesus and his words and what they mean?  Do we tell God what’s off-limits in our lives?

Do we claim to be a follower of Jesus and at the same time tell him to butt out of our ideological beliefs and partisan loyalties?  What happens when our ideology and political preferences come in conflict with what Jesus said?  Which loyalty do we choose?

Do we claim to be a follower of Jesus and at the same time tell him to keep his hands off our finances and money?

Do we claim to be a follower of Jesus and then ignore what Jesus says about the poor, homeless, the powerless, and more because speaking up and/or acting and responding is uncomfortable and inconvenient?

If you think following Jesus is comfortable and convenient I challenge you theologically to point out Jesus’ words that call for his followers to be comfortable and convenient.   You might have trouble though considering Jesus said “If any are to be my followers, they are to deny themselves, pick up their cross, and follow me.”  (Luke 9:23)