“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 soft place, He sat down and taught His climbing companions.” Matthew 5:1
Come Higher // Kaleigh Steinorth
Sometimes it’s easy for us to overlook the importance of small moments. The big ones are hard to miss with God — when we clearly hear His voice, when we feel strong convictions about something, when we decide for the first time to follow Jesus. But we can get so wrapped up in our flesh, in our busy schedules, in our doing-good, in our everyday stuff, that we push God’s presence aside in those small moments.
This Sunday, Pastor Josh told a story from Matthew 5. Jesus sees a huge crowd gathered to hear Him speak, and turns from the crowd to climb a hill, seeing who would follow. How easy it would have been for the people in the crowd to stay down in the valley — to know Jesus is there, to sense His presence, and maybe glance at what He was doing from a distance. It was probably safe down there — no steep rocks to climb, nothing to overcome, no comfort to give up in order to make Jesus’ presence paramount.
But as Pastor Josh says, whilst God meets us down in the valley, He doesn’t want us to stay there. He’s calling us to come higher. Those small moments when we say yes to His voice, put our trust in the fact that Jesus has a plan for us, when we acknowledge that the privilege of knowing Christ is supreme over our comfort – these small moments become the big moments. Jesus is present in the crowd, but He is looking for disciples to follow Him up the hill. And if we are chasing Him, when we stumble we are still falling upward and becoming more like Him as we elevate His position in our hearts. Count it all as loss. Come higher.