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Monday, October 8, 2007

Climbing to Companionship

Matthew 5:1
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 quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions.

Do you ever wonder why the activity of God can draw a crowd, but the call from Him to be committed, draws only a few? People are ready to get in on the blessings, the buzz that often surrounds His activity, but only a few follow Him on the uphill climb to companionship.
Companionship is defined as the state of being with someone. This communicates more than simply a mental knowledge or even fond feeling toward. One is not considered a companion if there is no consistent fellowship and time spent together. It is during this time of intimate fellowship that companions share their heart with one another.
It takes work to follow Christ. It is often times a steep hill and can feel like a hard and strenuous journey, but only those that make the climb with Him, are blessed with the quiet place where He sits with you, teaches you, and becomes your dearest companion. God desires to share His heart with us, but it takes commitment and work on our part to follow Him to that quiet place that is conducive for Him to do so.
Are you taking the time each day to climb to that quiet spot? Are you putting forth the effort and energy to get up early enough to sit with Him and hear what is on His heart? Are you a part of the crowd that is watching from the lower plains of life? If so, what is it that is keeping you from making the journey up the hillside to be with Him? Is it the lack of discipline to make the time? Or perhaps it is simply being unwilling to give up a little sleep and rise early enough to meet with Him before the rush of your day begins.
Whatever it takes, start today with that first uphill step towards that quiet place with Jesus. Find renewed strength through His companionship and enjoy the new perspective and joy that comes from being up on the hillside with the Lord.

Lord, give me the discipline necessary to make the climb today to meet with you. Draw me to the quiet place where you are waiting to share your heart with me. Give me ears to hear and the will to climb as high as you lead me today, no matter what the journey requires of me.


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Blogger Denise said...

Bless you sweetie.

October 9, 2007 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger lori said...

I have been really working on this one...meeting HIM in the stillness...It's the discipline that I am working on this season. Thank you for encouraging me on this journey!

October 9, 2007 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger eph2810 said...

I don't remember who said it to me or many I have read it somewhere, that the root word for discipline is disciple :). Lately it seems that I am more often distracted to meet with Him.

Thank you Tammy for reminder that I need more discipline.

October 10, 2007 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger Amy Grant Bayliss said...

I find it so important to meet with Him in the morning before anything else. I look at it this way: If I were preparing to perform with an orchestra then I would tune my instrument before the concert, not after.

It is much easier to put on God's armor in the morning than to have to pray for healing in the evening because you didn't have it.

Great post!

October 10, 2007 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Laurel Wreath said...

Tammy, this are such words of wisdom. I love when you said, "God desires to share His heart with us, but it takes commitment and work on our part to follow Him ..." So many times we Christians beleive it is something that comes naturally.

In reality it is striving and hard work and commitment that blesses us.

Thank you for sharing this.

October 10, 2007 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

I love The Message and the fresh visuals it gives...You are so right - it's easy to draw a crowd but the ones who will stick by you thick and thin? notsomuch.

Thanks for this...:)


October 10, 2007 at 2:19 PM  

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