I was reading through a devotional that a good friend gave to me regarding mission trips and the author used the phrase “mountaintop experience” when describing a mission trip. He said that most of our lives are lived in, what he calls, valleys. He said that what makes mission trips so significant is that we are taken out of the valley and placed in an environment that makes us step back and see God and what he is doing (i.e. a mountaintop). In these moments there is clarity. At those moments life is put into a Godly perspective. We start to understand what God is doing and what is important, namely Jesus Christ and him crucified. You see that worth and value of Jesus Christ. You see that Jesus is the only hope for the World.
For me, I can attest that this is true. Life in the valley has taken on a new understanding. Things that I gave my time, money, and thoughts to, don’t seem as important as they once did. It reminds me of Philippians 3:8, “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish in order that I may gain Christ”
I am guessing that many of you are just like I was, caught up in valley life, unwilling to climb the mountain and take a look around. Unwilling to suffer, even a little bit, to gain the knowledge of Jesus. But let me tell you, it is worth it. The view is worth it. Christ is worth it. Indeed.