After returning home from a two-month-long employment at Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, Colorado, I have concluded that life sucks. Okay, that may be a slight overreaction, but in all seriousness, I had forgotten how hard it is to leave this:
…and come home to this:
There are so many carnal, materialistic and ultimately futile things that demand my attention and time here at home, that I would give almost anything to spend just one day back at Summit, where the day is filled to overflowing with study, meditation, prayer, fellowship, hard work, worship, and mentoring. The temporal is nothing; the eternal is everything. I think I can understand more fully now why the life of a monastery was so appealing to so many believers in the 3rd and 4th centuries; it gave them a glimpse of the kind of life God had planned for His divine creature, one that will be fulfilled in the New Creation. Such a life removed most, if not all, worldly obstacles, leaving the man able to fully glorify God with the emotions of his heart, the sharpness of his mind, and the strength of his body.
In the same way, Summit provides such an atmosphere of shelter and spiritual cultivation. In this place, spiritual discipline is the norm. It’s a community of hard workers, of Barnabas’, of children of grace, daily dying to their flesh and living in the redemption of Christ’s cross. Now more than ever I have been shown the importance of community among believers. How else can we expect to be challenged? to delve into the nitty-gritty of the gospel? to chase our roots deep into the mulch of the things of God? to wrestle with the mysteries and drink deep of the discoveries? to bear fruit for the nourishment of others, and point to God as the source of everything good and true in ourselves?
So, to all of you who find yourselves slowly being cut off from the community of little-Christs around you, whether through discord or disagreement or distance, I challenge you to not let the “lone ranger” mentality stunt your growth as a part of the body of Jesus. Find a community wherever you are and start serving! And if the group you find has problems? Change it! Revivals aren’t begun by drifters, but by earth-shakers and wave-makers. Be a champion of the truth so we can start taking back this land for Christ!
Dive Deep. Drown Willingly.