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When You Come Off That Mountain

Matthew 8 begins with Jesus coming down from the mountain.  He had just spent a good deal of time teaching and preaching.  I might compare it to an outdoor camp meeting/tent revival, but better.  After all, it had the Lord himself there, not just those of us who fall a bit short.

It might have been tempting to stay up on the mountain.  The folks really wanted to hear Him.  They wanted to follow Him.  They may have wanted to stay with Him.

But Jesus came down anyway.

We have this common with Jesus.

We can’t stay on the mountain.  We want to.  We have those mountain top experiences.  Everything is wonderful.  Everything is fantastic.  The problem is that we can’t stay.

For Jesus, it wasn’t where all the work was.  The people He needed to reach, the folks He needed to heal weren’t there.  The business His Father had sent Him to do wasn’t all on the mountain.  It was down in the towns among the sick and the needy.

It’s easy for us to get pumped up about a church service.  It’s awesome to experience a fantastic Christian concert.  It’s easy to get up on that mountain and want to stay there.

We simply can’t stay there.  it isn’t real life.  We still have to go to work.  We still have to face a world full of people who don’t know the Lord.

What do we do?

Own it.  Know that, though it’s wonderful, we can’t stay there.

Use it.  Motivate yourself with those times that you spend on the mountain when the times get tough.

Share it.  When you have the opportunity to go on the mountain again, try to take someone else with you.

Repeat it.  Understand that this cycle will likely happen again and again.

What do you do when you come down off the mountain?

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  1. October 30, 2013 at 5:35 am

    One of the first songs I can remember by Amy Grant had the words “You want to stay on the mountaintop fellowshiping with the Lord.” But then she sang about having to come to valley below. I could relate. While it is nice to be on the mountaintop, I also know faith is validated by life in the valley.

  2. October 30, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I sing this song….
    Life is easy when your upon the mountain
    And you’ve got peace of mind like you’ve never known.
    But when things change and your down in the valley.
    Don’t lose faith for your never alone

    Now we talk of faith when we’re upon the mountain
    But talk comes so easy when life’s at it’s best
    It’s down in the valley of our trials and temptation
    That’s where faith is really put to the test

    For the God of the mountain is till God in the valley
    When things go wrong, He’ll make them right
    And the God of the good times is still God in the bad time
    The God of the day, is still God in the night.

    That’s my mountain climbing song for going up and going down.

    Learning to thank God for both is an ongoing lesson. Right now I walking down the mountain. Good post brother.

  3. October 30, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I pray. I liked your line about bringing others with you. I think that’s crucial.

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