by Rex Yancey

What Are You Doing More Than Others?
Rex Yancey
Matthew 5:43-48

In the world of academics there is a specialty known as "cramming." I was good at it throughout my educational career. It is the practice of procrastinating on studies until the last possible moment. When the day of reckoning arrives the coffee pot is stoked and we strap ourselves, in my case to a kitchen table, for an all night journey with our books.

Cramming is an unknown phenomenon to the agricultural world. Farmers don't cram. They can't delay planting their crops in the spring and then hit the ground running in the fall. If a harvest is expected in the fall THEN planned and scheduled procedures must take place throughout the year. Maybe that is why Jesus used so many agricultural illustrations. Spiritual growth doesn't come like grades that are salvaged by last minute intensive cramming. Christ likeness comes from a lifetime spent with the Savior, not a night of cramming for sainthood.

In our text today, Jesus was teaching his disciples that they were to do more than others. I would say to every Christian this morning, you are to do more than others who are not Christians.

There are some reasons we are to do more. I want us to look at those reasons today.

1.We have a new name. John 1:12-13 "But as many as receive him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Which were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."

Acts 11:26 "And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves together with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch."

"Christian" was a nickname given to believers by unsaved people at Antioch. The title was for people who were followers of Christ. Believers took this name and began applying it to ...

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