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 5:1-2 (MSG)
This verse, as found in “The Message” version of the Bible, gives a beautiful and poignant translation of this very common text. When Jesus saw that many were following Him, “He climbed a hillside…the committed, climbed with Him.” Many follow – few are committed to the climb. It is not an easy path for the Christian, but the payoff is a close relationship with the Master, our companion for the journey. As we enter the Season of Lent, may a remembrance of Jesus’ hardship in the wilderness before embarking upon His ministry, allow us to truly assess and make ourselves fit for the climb.
Please help me to take an honest look at my commitment to You. Show me where I fall short and how to strengthen my weak places, so that I may be better able to make the difficult climbs and to sit at Your feet on the mountain top.
-Sue Breland, Journey Through the Cross: Meditations for Lent ©