In his sermon on the mount, Jesus shows us that His absolute standards are impossible to reach. The best people will always fall short. We can never measure up to God’s righteousness. Our behavior might be excellent but God knows the motive behind our actions.
The sermon on the mount sets goals toward which followers of Jesus Christ must strive to attain. It is not an ideal whereby we must be perfect and give up because we’re not, but the goal is to help us master a new way of life.
As we glimpse who we really are, we mourn. According to what is required in the sermon on the mount, we see ourselves as spiritually bankrupt, desperately in need of God’s forgiveness and grace.
And this is just where God wants us! He can’t use us if we are puffed up in our own glory. We need to be emptied,broken, humble–like clay in the Master Potter’s hand to be shaped into the likeness of Christ. When we realize we cannot live up to God’s standards, we also realize that we need God in our life. In fact the Bible describes our own righteousness as “filthy rags.”. We only become right with God because of what Jesus did on the cross for us. He took our sins, died in our place, and is now alive in heaven. He gives those who trust in Him the gift of eternal life and makes us right with God.
The sermon on the mount illustrates the need for God in our life. I wouldn’t want to be without Him for one minute! Would you? (Judy Whittaker)