As in the natural so in the spiritual, for we are not born to live on high mountain peaks, but the valleys tend to be more habitable. Those mountain peaks in our spiritual experience we cannot sustain for they will kill us spiritually, but if we could we would love to extend our mountain peak encounters. We have mistakenly seen such high spiritual experiences as a mark of ones maturity in the faith and we have at one time or another looked up to those who seem to be on a spiritual high.
But God says that his mark of growth in our most holy faith is the ability once we have soared as eagles to come down as a lowly church mouse. If we have the ability to rise only and not come down there is a flaw in our Christian walk. For it is spiritual selfishness that longs to dwell on the peaks. God has called us to dwell in the valleys as did our saviour who did not count equality with God a thing to grasp but humbled himself and was found in the form of a servant.
When God in his mercy grants us a time of exceptional blessing we must be on our guard for spiritual selfishness wants to make this normal, as we long to camp down on the peak. Many well meaning believers have made the mistake of taking a wonderful blessing that God has poured out on them into a teaching precept as they erect their alters and shines to this experience. O how we love to worship our spiritual highs.
Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi,it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.
We must come down from our doctrinal squabbles. God is calling us in these last days to come down from our religiosity and begin to dwell in the valleys where our master walked and lived. God grants us, in his love those wonderful exceptional experiences that only he can shower us with, for one purpose only so that we can be of use in the demon possessed valleys. As Jesus and the 3 disciples descended from the account known as the Mount of Transfiguration, they were meet with a demon possessed boy and a crowds of un belief.
We need to learn that we live not for the spiritual highs but for the drudgery and struggle in the valleys of life were the harvest is plentiful and ripe. The mountain peaks are for the glory of God but the valleys are where we live for his glory. The peaks are where we see God in his glory and we are brought closer to him, but the valleys are the true measure of our faith. Jesus came down from the mountain into the mass of humanity who are lost without a shepherd and in need of salvation. Jesus came down all the way to the cross.
I want to knowChrist and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings,becoming like him in his death,11and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrectionfrom the dead.
In the valleys of our neighbourhood we must share in the sufferings of Christ for this is the pathway that he has called us to walk in these last days. Come down from our personal shrines that we have erected and secretly worship, for these alters are after the worship of Cain. God is engineering our circumstances more than ever as he is opening our eyes to his sovereignty, for he is placing us in situations where we can manifest Christ's humility and servant hood.
Can we come down to the valleys with our Lord who was called a friend of the publicans and sinners? It is in the valleys of battles, drudgery and humiliation that God is using to prepare us for his coming glory. It is in the valley of the shadow of death that we develop the character of Jesus, not the mountain top blessings. To think otherwise is false teaching and will produce a spiritual prig in us.
We are all called to be the light of the world and if we are honest with ourselves we all picture a lighthouse set on a lofty peak. No this is wrong; to be the light of the world is to be a light in the midst of a perverse and lost generation weeping with them, laughing with, them as broken clay vessels.
Can we come down and walk the valleys with Jesus?
On hearing it, many of his disciplessaid, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?" From this time many of his disciplesturned back and no longer followed him.67"You do not want to leave too, do you?"Jesus asked the Twelve. John 6.