Are we called to do the impossible? I have said more than once, God doesn’t ask us to do what we canNOT do. We are never asked to fly without assistance, we aren’t asked to walk on water or turn water into wine. We are frequently asked to do things that are very difficult for us but impossible?
If I am so convinced we aren’t asked to do the impossible then why am I willing to preach about the Sermon on the Mount, and more specifically the Beatitudes? I’m pretty sure I mention in one or both sermons the general impossibility of actually following or “doing” the Beatitudes. So, am I one of those much-talked-about hypocrites the church is alleged to be full of? No, I’m not.
The Beatitudes are not literally impossible. They are not easily kept nor are they things that come naturally to anyone. However, we can strive to follow and do the Beatitudes if for no other reason than to do so is to demonstrate, especially to ourselves, we are not trying to become what our culture is trying to press us into; we can break the mould.
Give one or both of the sermons a listen and please feel free to let me know if I am asking more than is literally possible.