Jesus and His disciples were being surrounded and pursued by crowds of people. They all wanted to be around Jesus because of His teachings and miraculous works. So He took His disciples aside, away from the crowds and took them up a mount to meet with and teach them specifically. As a result, we now have a discipleship primer… Discipleship 101 if you will.
“He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying“. It’s interesting because, the word “saying” here is a word that refers to continually repeating. These ideas and thoughts were not just things that Jesus said to the disciples one time. They were thoughts that were repeated over and over and over and over. These are basic lessons on what it means to understand the kingdom of heaven and how to be a disciple of Christ. These are the foundational responsibilities of discipleship. Without understanding and living out these foundational principles, a man cannot move on to the more complex aspects of ministry. Without these foundations, the reality of discipleship is nothing more than listening to some sermons, watching some miracles and going about your daily life. It is these principles and actions that separate a “crowd follower” from a disciple.
Have we made these discipleship basics the foundation to our walk in Christ, or are we just hanging around to get the free food, hear some good preaching, and see some amazing things happen? Are we here for a show, or are we here to be disciples?