Updated: Jul 19
"Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them" - Matthew 5:1-2
Leading up to the sermon on the mount, Jesus first withdrew from the crowds, went up to the mountain and took a seat. It can be really easy to breeze past a scripture like this and look to what happened next: Jesus teaching the sermon on the mount. After all, people take a seat everyday right? Why should I stop to pay attention to something so...ordinary?
But here's what I love about the Bible and what I learn more with each passing day, there's not one single word in the Bible that is not intentionally written and inspired by God. In just about any version of the Bible, you will find that 'take a seat' means the same thing:
to sit down
be in a seated position
position of rest
So if every word in the Bible is intentional, why would God want me to pay attention to something as ordinary as Jesus taking a seat? Let's stop and reflect on that for a moment...
Lord, what do you want me to know about taking a seat?
Are there any areas in my life that I need to sit on?
In our social media, schedule-packed world, sometimes we can get so focused on doing lots of things, doing something big or being seen but maybe what we really need to do is sit.
Sit with the Lord.
Sit and rest.
Sit and wait.
And maybe when we're finally in that position of rest, maybe-just maybe, we will have the biggest impact of all. Let's all be a little more like Jesus today and take a seat.