When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions [Matthew 5:1-2a]
I think I have always imagined the Sermon on the Mount being some great oratory experience with Jesus and a massive crowd all hanging on his every word. In all my imagining though I sometimes forget the fact it was on a mount. I miss the fact that there would have been some walking and some climbing involved.
Five words jumped out to me this time of reading…
‘The committed climbed with him’.
This infers effort, some sense of determination to get up the mountain, to keep up with Jesus as he climbed, a desire to listen and learn. It also infers that some must have given up the climb, were not committed and turned back for home. And this challenged me.
Am I willing to go up to stay in the vicinity of Jesus?
Am I really putting in enough effort to ensure that I can clearly hear the words of Jesus?
Am I ready and willing to climb a little?
With Gods help, I am. How about you?