November 27, 2017
Read: Luke 9:28-45
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Scripture- Luke 9:37- The next day, after they had come down the mountain, a large crowd met Jesus.
Observations- Three of Jesus' closest disciples experienced an incredible glory sighting in the transfiguration of Jesus; that is, the reality of who Jesus really was shown through with amazing clarity. Peter suggested they stay there and build a memorial to capture the moment, but Jesus ignored him and soon they were coming down the mountain and back into the deep needs of the people all around them.
Application- We need mountain top experiences where we withdraw to intentionally have high and holy moments with Christ and other believers, but we always come back to love God and serve others in the valley below. We don't make an idol of our mountain top experiences by constantly expecting that we will have awesome and epic personal experiences with God. We worship God, not our feelings about God, and this is an important distinction. Mountain tops prepare us to spend time in the valleys.
Prayer- Lord, thank You for rich times of living experience of Your love and power. I am grateful for the rhythm of needing to withdraw to connect deeply with You and others, so that I have energy and joy to serve in the midst of great need and pain. Help us be a people and a church that gets this rhythm right for Your sake. In Jesus' name. Amen.
"God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another." (1 Peter 4:10),