Lenten Encounter with Jesus 1

Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them…

As our Lenten reflection on the Sermon on the Mount begins, we are brought immediately to consider the nature of our own discipleship. Are we sitting at the feet of Jesus on a regular basis and allowing Him to teach us? Discipleship for many becomes simply a scholastic process; read-answer-listen, lather,rinse, repeat. If this is where we locate ourselves upon considering our spiritual growth, we would do well to meditate on this introductory line to the passage.

Our relationship with Him expands and matures when we are intentional about approaching Him and sitting at His feet. We must ‘go up the mountainside’ and seek out an audience with Him. Allow Jesus to sit first, assuming the position of the teacher, and then circle in close so that we miss none of His words. When we are leaning in close, the proximity amplifies the words and makes them more than that, they are active and alive and they ignite in us a passion to emulate them until the point at which they become a part of who we are. 

Shall we give up chocolate, or give up our personal agendas to be formed by the Master?

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