In chapter 4 of Matthew, Jesus calls them. Then in chapter 5 he gives His Sermon on the Mount. This preaching was not to be a self-help manual. It was to break any self-righteousness the people might have been holding on to. This sermon was meant to make these folks run to Jesus, for His righteousness. When seen the right way, the Sermon on the Mount is about freeing the captives of sin. If you may have slipped through by not understanding parts of the Sermon, thinking you are doing ok, the end should be the wall you crash into. Jesus says therefore “Be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect”. As humans, in total depravity, we can’t do that. Thank God for Jesus fulfilling the Law and satisfying the things seen in the Sermon on the Mount for us! When we grasp the gospel more and more we then feel free to obey God and be “Christ-like” out of a joyous, thankful heart. There is no freedom in works-righteousness, trying to please God by obeying the Law.
That is my pitch for the day.