As I read our scripture below, the phrase “it is good for us to be here”leaped out at me and I thought, “It is good that we have a church to attend.” Sometimes I have a problem with the knowledge that we as believers are seldom on a mountaintop seeing the glories of God. Most of the time, I think we are down in the valley and being just a bit short sighted on who Jesus really is and what He is all about. Maybe we are wearing those “Rose Colored” glasses the world tells us we are wearing.
Our worship service ought to be a time when we come to church ready for a “mountain top” experience. I know there are days that I am not as ready and my expectations fall short. You and I, through our prayer life, and our expectation of what God can do should drive us to a mountain every day, not just Sundays and Wednesdays.
God tells us through Peter; “it is good for us to be here,” not just in Church, but here on earth. It is good to do His will here where we are. Heaven will be better, and what a “mountaintop” experience that will be, yet, until that day, you and I need to experience that “mountaintop” that Peter, James, and John experienced. We need to see God in a light that is beyond our comprehension. Our problem is we do not expect to see Him until that day, so we muddle along and stay in our valley of choice.
(Joshua 24:15) And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
We as individuals need to choose who we serve, and then serve Him with all our hearts. Because we are here (in this congregation), I believe most have chosen to serve the Lord. In our service, expect He will give us an experience beyond anything we have experienced.
It is your choice. Experience Him or the world. Which will you choose?
Bro. John R. E Chastain
(Mark 9:2-9) And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. 3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. 4 And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus5 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 6 For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid. (Mark 9:7) And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. 8 And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves. 9 And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead.