Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Way Up is Down

Although Jesus had twelve disciples, only three, Peter, James, and John, were taken by Him into a high mountain apart, where He was transfigured before them (Matthew 17:12).  These saw His visible Glory while Moses and Elijah talked with Him.  They received an understanding that could never have been imparted to them in any other way.
Today, there is this same call to come up into the “mount” to view the stirrings, movings, and interventions of our Lord, with a clarity and perspective that is not available to those who rest below in safety and comfort.
Few are willing to ascend the mountain with Him and then, abide there; for, “vision always has a price.”  John the Baptist said, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).  In other words, “The way up is down.”  This paradox applies to those who would come up into the mountain top, in communion with Him alone, in the higher realms of His presence and purposes.