Each morning when I get up, I pray in the quiet stillness of the day. I get to my office, pray again and start my day with coffee and Jesus. I spend time each morning listening to Jesus through His words and contemplation. I bask in His glory…. meaning that I relish our relationship and simply love to be with Him! For me, it is a symphonic mountaintop experience, part of the divine rhythm of my life. No better way to start the day!
BUT, I don’t believe that God, indeed, I don’t believe that Jesus intends for me to stay on that mountaintop all day. It is import to come down off that mountain to the lost and fallen world I live in, to people who are hurting, people who are in need of healing, to people who live in confusion about life and God, to powerlessness, and……. to sickness. I don’t want this to sound a gloomy and dark. While yes, there is all this in the world around me, that same world is where I see miracles in the lives of those who have faith and come to faith in Jesus. Indeed, I see others who deeply care for their families, their friends and that simply ….deeply care for God and people.
Mark 9:14 (TNIV)
When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them.
If you are following the Scriptures as we have coffee each day, you now know that here in the story of Jesus, He came down off that mountain after the transfiguration. He, Peter, James and John came down off the mountain and joined the other disciples. They came down to a large crowd and to the turmoil of the “teachers of the law”, the Scribes and Pharisees, arguing. Many of us would say, “Wow, why not just stay on the mountain?”
My point is: Jesus DIDN’T stay on that mountaintop. Jesus came down to respond to this world in love and compassion. He came down off that mountain, where indeed He was in the presence of Moses and Elijah, the greatest prophets of the Scriptures, where He shone in His divine glory. Jesus obeyed God’s will, just like we should obey His will in OUR lives.
Spend time with Him each and every day. Jesus is our Rabbi, our teacher, our Savior, our Messiah, our mentor and friend. Therefore, each day we also return to the world around us and deal with our own sinful condition and the path set out before us. You see, when we FOLLOW Jesus, we live both on that mountaintop in the presence of Jesus, transcendent in glory, BUT we also are a part of a world in great need.
Serving others, our families, our friends, our church family and our community is a part of our worship. It’s a time to confront and intercept Satan in both our lives and the in the world around us……just as Jesus did! Indeed, go up on that mountain every day with Jesus…..and indeed…….come down off that mountain every day with Jesus! It’s also just good exercise!