Coming Down from the Mountaintop

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. – Exodus 34:29

Most of us have spiritual mountaintop experiences. Last week was one of mine. Our team of 18 – representing children to middle-aged adults – functioned like a world-class orchestra under God’s perfect direction. We saw 22 people saved and chains broken. We encountered God.

My quiet times, for lack of privacy and time constraints, were shorter in Alaska than they are at home, but I prayed more. We all did. We prayed without ceasing  (1 Thessalonians 5:16), we spurred one another on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24), we bore one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2), we rejoiced with those who rejoiced and wept with those who wept (Romans 12:15), we served one another in love (Galatians 5:13).

We saw God answer a yearlong prayer by opening a church plant in our community. We saw children whom we led to Christ last year thriving in their faith, and we saw their adult family members ask Jesus to be their Savior and Lord. We saw God move mountains. We saw God move us.

But as a 17-year-old member of our team challenged us our last day, now what?

We’ve come off the mountain. How long will we bear the glow of that experience? How long until the glory of that encounter with Christ fades?

Return home and tell how much God has done for you. – Luke 8:39

On the airplane home, I told the people sitting in my row what God had done. When I returned home, I told the cashier and bagger at Publix what God had done. Yesterday I discovered a leak in our plumbing. As the plumber and his apprentice fixed our leak, I told them what God had done and what He wants to do for them.

And now I’m telling you.

God calls us to live missionally. We should view every day of our lives as a mission. Every day He puts people on our paths who either need Christ or need encouragement in Christ. Every day we have the opportunity to serve, to reflect His beauty and His grace, to be His ambassador, to proclaim His salvation.

Yes, we should go when He says go. I have, and Lord willing, I will again. But we can’t reserve His command to go and make disciples  (Matthew 28:19) for only those times we leave our home turf. That command applies here and now. For someone somewhere . . .

Today is the day of salvation. – 2 Corinthians 6:2

Maybe you’re physically unable to go on a mission trip. Maybe you’re housebound. You can still have an impact for Christ in your day-to-day life. Today we have the world at our doorstep and our fingertips. Look for opportunities and not excuses. Then take advantage of every opportunity for His glory.

. . . making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. – Ephesians 5:16

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