Friday, March 1st, 2019
Do-Gooders: Cast Their Mountains
Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.
Mark 11:23 (NASB)
Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
Matthew 17:20 (NASB)
If earth's mountains represent obstacles, if they hover like troubles and bullies, if they block the Son's light in many lives, if just thinking about them makes men sweat, if avoiding them becomes a lifestyle, if climbing them is a strenuous job...
If most people aren't in the shape to climb, if the detours around them are lengthy, if all the winding ways prevent progress, if wimpy wanderers fill twisting paths, if they demand broader and easier roads, if Satan is happy to oblige them...
Then what must good soldiers for the Lord do?
Should we get in excellent condition by the daily practice of faith-walking? Should we pore over our Captain's Orders and obey to our best ability?
Yes! We're commissioned to fight the good fight... and not just for us. Jesus won that war. We fight for those who helplessly struggle.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Consider two unusual thoughts:
1) You're not called to climb every mountain, even though it's a beautiful song. Surely, it beats walking around them, and the panoramic views are great. But people below lose sight of you. They're scared... or not prepared for the hike, and leading them is part of your job. Modern churches nestle on hilltops.
2) Instead, you're called to cast those mountains: to pick them up and throw them away, to bury them under an ocean, as if they had never existed. So how do you cut through obstacles? In faith, you speak God's Word upon them.* As they crumble, put on boots of peace and walk straight through all of the debris.
Green pastures are a few steps away.
## Do-Gooders: Cast Their Mountains (Part 29)
* Additional short article: Speak to Your Mountain and Move It,
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2016 series called, 'Do-Gooders.' In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.