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You Want to Go to the Mountain?
Author: Thomas Young
Publisher: Theology on Fire Publishing
Challenging, thought-provoking and life-changing, this is a must read for those who want a more intimate walk with the Master.
The author was discouraged about his walk with Jesus. Something was missing. He was trying to live the Christian life the best that he could, but without individual attention to or from the Master.
He was too busy working at being a "good " Christian. He realized he had been doing things for God but not focusing on what God had done for him. He wasnít seeking to know the voice of the Master, or taking the necessary time to quiet himself and hear His voice.
He feels the church today is more centered on self than God. People want to be entertained and have programs that make them feel good and useful, and keep them busy.
Thomas Young laid aside his own agenda, ambitions, desires, and personal quests and sought God and Him alone. He had to completely surrender to the Father. He went to the "mountain"óthe mountain of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:5).
He evaluates this scripture in a new light. Peter, James and John were chosen by Jesus to accompany the Him to the mountain. There He lets them see Him transformed, see Moses and Elijah, and most incredibly, they hear the Father say, "This is My Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him." They were so humbled and awestruck that they fell on their faces before Him.
He asked himself the question, "would He have chosen me?" He believes Christ is looking for those who are willing to reach out, take His hand and walk down the road with Him. But we must not be preoccupied with trying to figure out why God does what He does. He states that "as we interact with Him along the way, our passion for Him is kindled or heightened, our trust in Him deepens, and out thirst for more grows stronger. Gradually, step by step as we hold His hand along the way, Jesus becomes all in all to us. And gradually we take Him out of the segmented box of our "spiritual lives" and understand that He is to be worshipped in every part of our day and every choice we make."
Young shows that Godís purpose is to build our faith on the mountain so that we will have something to fall back on when we face trials in the valley. Excellent reading.
August 26, 2006