The Sacred Summit

What’s the one thing just about everyone wishes they could have more of, but you can’t buy at any price? Time. The older I get, it is without a doubt the one thing I’d love to have more of, especially as I witness my kids growing up in a blink of the eye!!! Then of course there’s the spiritual angle, particularly as it relates to the many friends I love who don’t know Jesus. I know God is patient in his desire to see men and women come to repentance, but I also know our time here is finite, and so much of it seems to be spent doing things that in the grand scheme of things just don’t really matter much.

Wouldn’t it be nice if time could slow down? Sadly we know that isn’t possible - but can we find rest in the midst of the crazy? Jesus gives us that answer in Matthew 11:28:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Author and writer Max Lucado talks about this blessed invitation in his devotional “The Sacred Summit.” “The world is in a hurry. Time has skyrocketed in value because of its scarcity, “ he writes. "[Jesus] invites you and me, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened…” He invites us to leave behind the budgets, the bills and deadlines and walk the narrow trail with him to the sacred summit."

What happens when we join our Savior on that summit? He changes us - our problems don’t go away, nor do they necessarily get any easier. Instead, something happens in the heart; Max explains it like this -

You can tell the ones who have been there. Their challenges are just as severe, but there is stubborn peace that enshrines them. A contagious delight sparkles in their eyes. And in their hearts reigns a fortress-like confidence that the valley can be endured, even enjoyed, because the mountain is always only a decision away.

As we start another week, why don’t we start it on that summit with Jesus, and take with us his “contagious delight?”