Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here” (Mark 9:2-5).
Have you ever had a mountaintop experience? If you have, you know they are wonderful. They were wonderful for the disciples. Jesus took Peter, James, and John to the top of a mountain for their experience.
While they were there, Jesus was transfigured before them, and they saw many strange and wonderful things. Their hearts were filled with joy and happiness at what they saw. At the end of the experience, they saw only Jesus, and he led them down from the mountaintop.
Mountaintop experiences are wonderful for us. They are uplifting and refreshing. Years ago, I had such an experience. A friend and I went to a revival in another county. When we walked in the door, we knew something was different. The power of the Spirit was everywhere. People were singing an invitational hymn, tears of joy were flowing freely, and people were walking the aisles for Jesus. The preacher spoke only once. He said he didn’t need to preach, and he was right. They must have sung twenty verses or more, and each time they did, people responded. My friend and I were deeply moved by the service. I tried to hide the tears of joy trickling down my face, but I couldn’t. We left the church blessed, refreshed, and thankful we had come.
You and I as Christians occasionally have mountaintop experiences. But we don’t live on top of the mountain. We weren’t meant to. Jesus came from the glories of heaven to a needy world in order to do the will of his Father. In the same way, you and I are called to go into the word and do God’s work. It is in the flat places and the valleys we live, and serve, and our lights shine brightest.
Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, and Christian writer. firstname.lastname@example.org