Mathew 5:1-2 (MSG)
1-2 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.
Crowds were attracted to Jesus. Some were attracted to the great preaching, some were attracted to the miracles and some were attracted to bread and fish he provided. Most were fans. They followed him because they liked him and wanted to be identified with his celebrity.
But when he saw the crowd, Jesus was not impressed. He climbed a hill. A hill represents an elevated position. It’s hard for the crowd to climb. Only the committed will bother. And that’s what differentiates fans from disciples. When the going becomes tough, fans withdraw.
The committed ones climbed the hill and he sat down and taught them. The things he taught them here was not the general things he shared with the crowd. Only committed followers receive revelation. Some things will never be revealed to you until you’re fully committed. Climbing the hill is not easy; you can’t take a child hill climbing. While you’re climbing, you cannot afford to have baggage. Baggage will slow you down. That’s why we must lay aside every weight.
Hebrews 12:1 (NLT) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
While climbing the hill, you must be focused. He leads, you follow. It’s easier to climb when you follow handholds and footholds already made available. Climbing the hill takes time. It’s not for the fainthearted. But the revelation at the top of the hill is completely worth it.
Are you ready to climb with him?