When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying…

Matthew 5:1-2

These next couple of weeks we will be looking at sections of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Though we treasure the Beatitudes because we think they can give us all the faith we need wrapped up with a beautiful bow (which they can’t, by the way), the rest of Jesus’ famous speech is a bit more difficult to handle.

We want something easy and not time-consuming because we live in a world that is so focused on its own busy-ness. We have lost sight of the all-important fact that the things that matter take time.

Our walk with God, when we truly start to live into it, will take a lot of time. It will cause us to change over time. And it will not be our attitude so much as the transformation of the entire way we see the world and everyone in it.

The Sermon on the Mount is addressing some of the ways that we are meant to evolve when we follow Jesus.

The Beatitudes are one way. And if you remember our sermon series from last summer, you might also recall that they are not a simple, straightforward path but more of a ladder that requires careful preparation as we attempt each new rung.

Another way that Jesus wants us to grow to be more like him comes in this weekend’s passages about salt and light and fulfilling the law. Let’s just say that if any of the listeners to Jesus’ sermon were from the religious establishment, well, they weren’t very happy by the time he was finished.

Why?

Because Jesus taught us that for generations we have been missing the whole point of what it means to follow God. We have been so focused on all the “correct” things in our minds that we have lost sight of God’s central purpose for us. And hearing we have been wrong is not something that any of us enjoys.

So, how do we become the salt of the earth and the light of the world?

We’ll see you in worship on Sunday to find out!

Blessings, Pastor Janie

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