Climb Higher – October 16, 2017

Today’s Scripture…”Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.” — James 4:8

Thoughts for Today…This morning I want you to put your thinking cap on.  I want you to picture in your mind two men climbing a mountain together.

Let’s call them Jim and Bob.  Jim is a very experienced climber while Bob is just starting out.  As they begin Jim would climb to the next ledge above and toss down a rope to Bob.  Jim would call to Bob “Come on.  Climb up higher.” Each time this happened, Bob would be kind of nervous about taking the rope and climbing higher, but he did. After this happened several times, Bob begins to get tired…but once again Jim calls out, “Come on.  Climb up higher.” Only this time, Bob doesn’t want to keep climbing.  He likes the view from where he is.  He was comfortable there.  And he was scared about getting any higher off of the ground. All the while, Jim kept on calling out to him, “Come on.  Climb up higher. I’ve got something I want to show you that you can only see from here.” Well before long Bob starts climbing again, putting his trust in the man who continued to toss the rope down and help pull him up to the next level.

You know, I have found that my imaginary story is very much a reality for many Christians. God tosses a rope down and says, “Come on.  Climb up higher.” You see, the Father’s intention has always been to draw us closer to Himself.  His desire is that we go higher and deeper in our relationship with Him. He wants us to keep climbing.

Sometimes that next level is a test of faith, isn’t it?  I mean, we look around and we like the view from where we are. We get tired or we are comfortable on the ledge that we live on.  And we get kind of scared when we consider going to greater heights than we’ve ever gone before. And yet, God calls “Come on.  Climb up higher.  I’ve got something to show you that you can only see from here.”

Friend, I’m convinced that God is calling us to go higher and higher in our relationship with Jesus Christ.  I’m certain that even now as you read this, you know where He wants to take you.  He’s been dealing with your heart about some commitment He wants from you or some task that He has given you or some step of faith He wants you to take. And the rope dangles before you.  And the voice of the Father calls to you, “Come on.  Climb up higher.”

Will you camp out on that ledge in your comfort zone?

Or will you grab hold and start climbing higher and higher?

And see the sights that God wants you to see.

“Come on.  Climb up higher.”

 

Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”

Pastor Terry

Family Worship Center

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