Are you the kind of person who loves the big moment? Do you feel swept away when God moves in remarkable ways and want to stay in that place forever?
It's natural to be caught up in His Presence. When people are being saved, His Spirit falls, and the world seems right, we catch a glimpse of what eternity will be.
Our mountain top encounters with God are essential for our faith, but they were never meant to be an everyday occurrence.
Throughout Scripture, we see the highs and lows of the people who follow the Lord.
In the Gospels, we read that Christ took His inner circle up a mountain. There, the famous scene of the transfiguration unfolds.
Can you picture seeing the glory of God radiating out from the One you have been walking beside?
Jesus speaks with Moses and Elijah right before Peter, John, and James’ eyes. All that Christ had been saying was confirmed through the affirmation of God the Father, and In that holy moment, all the disciples could do was fall on their faces. Jesus tells them not to be afraid and not to share what they have seen. (Matthew 17:1–8, Mark 9:2–8, Luke 9:28–36)
It reminds us of Moses’ mountain top appointment where God allows him to see His back before giving him the ten commandments (Exodus 33:18-23).
These men literally saw the glory of God, and then they came down from their mountains.
The disciples and Jesus are immediately among the crowds and their many needs again; Those who seek healing are constantly making their way to Christ; The disciples cannot cast out the demons, but Jesus can; Moses comes down to deliver the instruction God has given him to a people who are constantly disobedient. It’s back to real life for the men of God.
That can feel like a letdown. When you get back from a life changing mission trip, when you return to your church after an incredible conference where you have heard God speak, or when you settle into your home from a week taking students to camp and seeing God transform their lives and yours, you can miss the experience.
Coming down from the mountain can be difficult for the people of God, but it is necessary, as it is in our everyday valleys of service that we accomplish the work of the Kingdom.
We are filled with His presence to be poured out into the lives of others. As God sends us out into our communities, we are called to reach them.
The Kingdom of Heaven is focused on people and bringing them into a saving relationship with Christ.
We do not do the saving, but God desires to use each of us in powerful ways like Moses and the disciples. Each of us is invited to fulfill the call He places on our hearts and lives.
In Matthew 28:19, we are told to go and make disciples of all nations, baptize, and teach them through the power of the Holy Spirit. Christ commissions those who love Him to share His love. All of us because “the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:37).
The Christian faith is meant to be seen, heard, and lived out . We are to shine the light of the Gospel and not hide it (Matthew 5:14-16). We must be His mouthpiece. The world cannot hear unless believers proclaim the message of Christ to them (Romans 10:14). We prove our faith with our actions(James 2:18), and the world sees our works. As those who have been saved, we will be in Christ’s presence for all eternity, but the time to reach others for Him is like a vapor (James 4:14).
We must come down from the mountain.
Bible studies, theological discussions, and worship are necessary, beneficial and good. But we also desperately need God’s presence.
We are called out, commissioned, and propelled into the lost world for the sake of the Gospel.
How is God sending you out? How is He using you for His Kingdom purpose?
When He has spoken, let’s come down from the mountain to the valleys of service in our everyday lives for other’s good and God’s glory.
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