Up, up, up the mountain.
Another Monday, another devotional! Thanks to the great day I discovered My Utmost by Oswald Chambers, I'm eternally grateful to my friend Ryan, who shared a devotional with another friend, Rima, who shared it with me! Just look at my friends, friends! :)
The Sphere of Exaltation
We have all had times on the mount, when we have seen things from God’s standpoint and have wanted to stay there; but God will never allow us to stay there. The test of our spiritual life is the power to descend; if we have power to rise only, something is wrong. It is a great thing to be on the mount with God, but a man only gets there in order that afterwards he may get down among the devil-possessed and lift them up.
Your place as a christian is to encourage those around you. Your walk is not in a vacuum, and your life is not in an alternate universe. You live on God's earth, so act like it. Don't raise your nose at those who don't seem as spiritual as you are. Don't act like yours is an ethereal christianity. You're breathing the same air as the rest of us. You're here to lift us up, not cast us back down!
We are not built for the mountains and the dawns and aesthetic affinities, those are for moments of inspiration, that is all. We are built for the valley, for the ordinary stuff we are in, and that is where we have to prove our mettle. Spiritual selfishness always wants repeated moments on the mount. We feel we could talk like angels and live like angels, if only we could stay on the mount. The times of exaltation are exceptional, they have their meaning in our life with God, but we must beware lest our spiritual selfishness wants to make them the only time.
Don't get familiar with God, your spiritual leaders, or your spiritual routine. Don't get familiar with the very things that are created to save your life. Retain your sense of wonder and intimacy with the Lord. No matter how many years you've spent as a christian, there's something about God that you don't know yet. Even if you know the entire bible cover to cover, there's a scripture that can be ministered to you in new light. Only you have to keep your spiritual eyes open to see the light.
We are apt to think that everything that happens is to be turned into useful teaching, it is to be turned into something better than teaching, viz., into character. The mount is not meant to teach us anything, it is meant to make us something. There is a great snare in asking — “What is the use of it?” In spiritual matters we can never calculate on that line. The moments on the mountain tops are rare moments, and they are meant for something in God’s purpose.
Let the great moments you spend in your privacy with the Lord reflect in your life and everything you undertake afterwards. Remember that when Moses communed with God, His face shone for the rest of His life. Does your face shine?
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