Matthew 5:1-2 (MSG). When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:
Matthew 5:1-2 (NIV). Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,
Have you ever climbed a mountain? Have you ever ran up a hill? When you are at the bottom of the mountain or hill, you have 2 decisions to make. Will I climb this mountain or not? Once your decision is made to begin your journey up the mountain or hill, you must continue if you are to reach the top. Oh yes, you can stop and go back down the mountain BUT you will never know what the view was like on top of the mountain or hill.
Living a life committed to The Lord is like climbing mountain. You can not see what is on the other side of the mountain until you take the trip up the mountain.
Climbing a mountain is not easy.
If the mountain has snow, it will be cold and slippery going up the mountain. It will be slow going but if you keep your footing and stay warm you can make it.
Sometimes the mountain may have big rocks you have to climb up and over. It is tough and you must be very careful but if you keep your eyes on the top you can make it.
Sometimes the mountain has a path. You can walk or run up the mountain at our speed without a lot of obstacles in your way.
Committing your life to The Lord is just like these scenarios. In the Bible, He told us it would not be easy – there would be obstacles and people in our way.
But before we can succeed we must first commit to HIM.
In Matthew 5, it states the disciples committed and then climbed the mountain. They did not start the journey and then commit. They followed Jesus up the mountainside and listened to what He had to say. They made a commitment that would forever change their lives.
We need to commit to Him and then begin the journey with God. We all know it will not be easy but we all know He will be with us every step of the way. When we reach the top of the mountain, He will be with us if we committed ourselves to Him and He lives in our heart. The view will be so much more beautiful from the top of the mountain with Him than at the bottom where we can not see the other side.