“After six days Jesus took with Him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.” (Matthew 17:1, NIV)

Have you ever wondered what Christ did when He wasn’t working? Christ’s life – from the time He was thirty years old – was His ministry. It was all about teaching, preaching, healing, and feeding. But a close examination of the Gospels show that Christ often took time alone to recharge.

When He got away from the crowds, His disciples, and other followers, He almost always went to the mountains. Some of the most profound parts of Christ’s ministry occurred in or immediately after He retired to high places – the Sermon on the Mount, the transfiguration, His betrayal, His crucifixion.

Our work, whatever it is, creates layers of concern that come between God and us. The “mountains” – those places we get away to spend time alone with God – allow the Lord to peel away those layers to get to the core of who we are. That process is both essential to our life with God and essential to being faithful people of God when we get back to work.

Petty disagreements with co-workers, bad presentations, figuring out which emails to send a reply, etc. don’t need to dominate the way we work. Our relationship with God should be the focus of our workday.

We need to trust God with “climbing the mountain”. The size of our problems doesn’t matter to Him. What matters to Him is that we fully rely on His power and His strength to get us through the day.

Psalm 46:10 says it best – “Be still, and know that I am God.”

Take a little time in the mountains this Monday. Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

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