“As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” – Luke 9:33
This morning I’m crawling out of my sleeping bag on the floor of a church in Central Florida. I’m surrounded by the sounds and smells of 15 middle school boys. Later today we will be wrapping up the final day of a 2-day conference for middle school students that has challenged them. It has taken some of the students to a place in their walk with Christ that many of them have never been. Some of them made decisions last night and some will make decisions later today today.
I’ve been to dozens of these types of conferences/retreats where on Saturday afternoon when we are packing up to come home we will have the feeling that we want to stay right here. We’ll sacrifice sleeping in our comfy beds, going to bed on time, showering, and having access to Facebook; to simply stay here.
These conferences reveal a glimpse of what heaven will be like. What it will be like to do nothing but sing praises to Jesus for all eternity. It is easy for us to express ourselves in worship when we’re surrounded by hundreds or thousands of others who are doing likewise and we don’t have to worry about being made fun of for being a Christian. We want to cling to every chord and lyric that is sung because we know we have to go soon, but it is when we leave and take the News that we just heard and put it into action that we’re changed.
We take the Gospel to the people who desperately need it. We take what we learn and share it with a generation that is crying out for someone to show them love. In Matthew 28 we are commissioned to “go and make disciples.” That is what we do when we leave these conferences.
My prayer for today is that not only will these 29 boys and girls get it, but that everyone who reads this will get it as well. That we’re not to stay up on the mountain, but we come down and share what we’ve been blessed with.