The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most famous passages of Scripture. Certain phrases are known by Christians and non-Christians alike. “Judge not…” “Blessed are the poor…” “You are the salt of the earth…” While phrases such as these are well-known, how often do we see the Sermon on the Mount in action? After all, if we hear and understand God’s Word, then we’re obligated to do it. If we don’t, we’re deceived, living in spiritual delusion (James 1:22).
Our familiarity with this ageless sermon can be somewhat like an old country road—if we’ve driven it enough times, we’re no longer careful. Conscientious driving flies out the window because we “know the road like the back of our hand.” Yet, pride is toppled when our carelessness almost causes us to hit a truck head-on.
Familiarity and comfort can be a dangerous thing when we’re driving. So too can it be in our spiritual life. We know the road of servanthood, of meekness, of turning the other cheek, of discerning false prophets, but have we become too familiar with the truths of the Sermon on the Mount? Like driving down a familiar road, do we need to be shaken up spiritually by an on-coming truck?
Examine your familiarity with the ageless truths of this Sermon and decide for yourself if your familiarity has bred apathy and spiritual laziness.