When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Matthew 5:1
There it is again — the separation.
That distance between the crowds and the disciples in coming near to Jesus.
In here, Jesus goes up the mountain. The crowd stays on the plain. The disciples follow his trail.
Are you part of the crowd?
- You saw the climb is stiff, so don’t bother to hurdle it.
- You were healed or fed earlier; you decide stay and rest your body.
- You heard enough insights, so keeping that distance is all right.
- You counted the time Jesus took from his walk up to his sit down and said that’s too long.
- You wanted to go up but saw only twelve men are following him closely so why take the courage, why take the risk.
Are you a disciple?
- You saw how stiff the mountain is but you also see your Master, sitting pretty, at the top of the mountain. Thus, you climb the mountain.
- Your following requires no rest: body, mind and soul. Where he is is where your heart is. His place is your place — he is your resting place.
- You thirst for more than his words, you long to be in his presence.
- You count your blessings, you don’t count the cost in loving and serving him.
- You follow with your all and on your own, your loyalty to him is not dictated by the decision of others.
How much distance you keep from Jesus defines if you’re one of the crowd or if you’re a disciple.