“Play to Your Audience”
Matthew 5: 1: “And when Jesus saw the multitudes, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.” Some people make much of this verse: Jesus saw the multitudes, but only His disciples came to Him. Thus, the Sermon on the Mount is only for the elite, A-lister, all-star Christians to obey. But how then do you explain Matthew 7: 28, “The multitudes were amazed at His teaching”? You can’t be amazed at what you haven’t heard, and if you’ve heard it, you’re accountable for it. No more lame excuses!