Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
Bad Ideas (Part 34)
We Love It Here!
Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His Face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, 'Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.'
Matthew 17:1-4 (NKJV)
Nothing on earth can possibly equal a mountaintop experience with God. Consider when Moses climbed Mount Sinai, Elijah's great battle on Mount Carmel, Solomon's grand temple on Mount Zion, Jesus praying on the Mount of Olives, listeners to the Sermon on the Mount... then Peter, James and John in wonder on the Mount of Transfiguration.
Perhaps you have a church that lifts you up, or a prayer group of faithful allies. I feel closest to God when I'm alone and free from distractions that might grab me. For two years after committing to Christ, I lived by myself on a mountaintop. So I can relate to this church challenge:
Getting stuck in high places is easy. (Strange to say, drug addicts get stuck there, too, but for terribly different reasons.) Still, for them and us: high places feel good. Amazingly, one day we'll live with God in never-ending love, peace, faith and joy. But until that blessed moment arrives...
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You've been called for two big assignments:
1) To spread Good News to the outside world, as missionaries in media: hip, kind, transparent, non-judgmental, talented ambassadors for Christ. Leaving mountaintops and steeple tops is required to perform in this field.
2) To show Christians where the action is, as movers in His Great Commission: wise, armed, determined, obedient, courageous warriors for Jesus. Instead of isolating yourselves, you surrender your lives to His cause.
For saints, mountaintops and steeple tops offer replenishing communion. They're God zones to kneel down and pray up - in preparation for His business. But His business extends to the world.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bad Ideas series.