The Sermon on the Mount is tough to swallow all at once. Though what we have recorded for us in Matthew 5–7 is significantly shorter than the sermons most of us are used to, it is on the other hand rather more rich than what we are used to. It is chock full of what could be discreet, independent units worthy of a lifetime of study—the Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer, the exposition of the law of God, our calling to be salt and light. While I have not yet reached a full lifetime of considering this sermon, I have now for ten years, every month, explored in this column what it means to seek first the kingdom of God.
Month by month, we return not just to the call to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, but we look at what distracts us from this call—our fears, our worries. Take one step back from “seek ye first” and you find “do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on” (6:25). Take another step back, though, and we find why we need to be told this over and over: “For where your treasure is there your heart will be also” (v. 21).