From the mountaintop into the valley

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Christian community”
Our Bible verse for today: “But be doers of the word and not hearers only.” James 1:22 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “From the mountaintop into the valley”
Yesterday was a good day at Oak Hill Baptist Church. We had a good crowd; the worship was powerful; the fellowship was deep and rich; and mutual blessings flowed in all directions (as discussed in the previous devotional.)
I’ve often thought of the Sunday gatherings of our church family as being a spiritual mountaintop. We are lifted-up and out of regular life and for the time we’re together, we are on a spiritual mountaintop. The air is often electric and there’s a sense that we’re all involved in something special (it’s the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit).
But most of life isn’t lived on the mountaintop, it’s lived in the valley. The mountaintop is a special experience that’s refreshing and renewing, but then we have to go back into the valley of everyday life – just living life, serving others, and sharing the Good News of the Gospel.
We see an example of that pattern set for us by Jesus in Matthew Chapters five through seven. Some of you will remember that those chapters contain The Sermon on the Mount. Talk about a spiritual mountaintop! But note what Jesus did immediately after the Sermon on the Mount was over. Chapter eight verse one tells us that He came down from the mountain into the valley and immediately encountered a crowd of people who needed to be ministered to. His time on the mountaintop was preparation for His time in the valley.
The same is true for us. One of the reasons we come together on the mountaintop on Sunday is so we will be more effective in the valley Monday through Saturday. This is what James was speaking of in James 1:22 when he wrote, “But be doers of the word not hearers only.” You have heard the word, now go put it into practice.
I hope your time on the mountaintop with your church family was as special for you as ours was for us. Now I encourage you to take the mountaintop experience with you back into the valley of everyday life and make a difference for the cause of Christ today.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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