Living Right Side Up

Our Lord doesn’t want us to be comfortable or feel normal living in an upside-down world. That life is destructive to the abundant life that our Lord has given us, and it makes us ineffective in following Christ. To be a disciple of Christ, we need to live right side up in an upside-down world.
The Setting, Luke 6:17
Jesus descends from the mountain, ready to present to His disciples the New Covenant, living right side up in an upside-down world. When Jesus said, blessed are you…, He was saying, “Here are the ingredients that result in absolute contentment, fulfillment and happiness in life. You can be happy in this life, you can be content, fulfilled, and blessed.”
Blessed & Woe #1, vs. 20 & 24
Upside-down living is living in the riches and resources of this world.
Right side up living is living in the riches and resources of God.
Blessed & Woe #2, vs. 21 & 25
Upside-down living is self-centeredness.
Right side up living is living in Christ-centeredness.
Blessed & Woe #3, vs. 21b & 25b
Upside-down living is living for themselves.
Right side up living is living in the flow of God’s forgiveness.
Blessed & Woe #4, vs. 22 & 26
To whatever extent a follower of Christ experiences persecution, he or she can take joy in the fact that their persecution puts them in an elite group who has done far more to change the world for the better than the persecutors have.

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