The usefulness of Christians is paramount. It is not enough to listen to sermons and to worship God, but God expects us to be useful.
“Faith without works is dead.”James 2:20,26
Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount – Matthew, Chapter 5
Immediately after the Beatitudes Mat 5:3-11, in which Jesus documents the characteristics of godly Christians, for their encouragement Mat 5:12 in a hostile world, the first topic Jesus addressed was Christian usefulness Mat 5:13-16. Christian usefulness is also integral to the Lord’s Prayer, that multitudes have learned off by heart Mat 6:9-15.
Most versions of the Bible divide the Sermon on the Mount into three chapters – Mat 5 to Mat 7.
Matthew – the remainder of Chapter 5
Mat 5:17-20 deals with legalism in preparation for Jesus’ dealing with the wrong exegesis of Scripture in the last half of the chapter Mat 5:21-48, a long section that gives examples correcting wrong attitudes towards one’s neighbour – anger, lust, divorce, swearing and retaliation – which begin in one’s thoughts, so that Jesus summarised this section by teaching love to one’s enemies, to show that we are truly the children of God.