It‘s Time to Break Camp:
“You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on. Go!” (Deut. 1:6-7).
The Christian life is a lot like climbing a mountain. The goal of the mountain climber is to reach the top of the mountain, and if he climbs well, he will accomplish this goal. For the Christian, our goal is to know Jesus better, and become more like Him. This goal will never be fully realized until we get to Heaven, and so the Christian life is more accurately described in terms of the journey, not the destination. Still, the mountain climbing illustration offers us some insights into our spiritual journey.
When you are climbing a mountain, there are going to be times where you get tired and weary, and you must stop on a plateau for a rest. Similarly, there may be times in your walk of faith that you need to rest in Jesus, because you’ve become weary along the way. If you’re weary, then come and be with Jesus for a while. Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). After you find the rest that Jesus freely offers, God doesn’t want you to stay there. The problem with many Christians is that we get so comfortable resting in God’s presence that we abandon the journey. It is at this point that we must hear the voice of God saying, “You have stayed at this mountain (or this plateau on this mountain) long enough. It is time to break camp and move on. Go!”
The Apostle Paul said, “I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.” (Philippians 3:13-14). He also said, “Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches.I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” (1 Cor. 9:24-27).
We’re in a race. God is calling us to go onward and upward in our journey of faith. It’s time to get focused on the goal – to know Jesus better, and become more like Him. Do you know Him better today than you did yesterday? Are you more Christ-like today than you were yesterday? If not, then let’s press on. God wants us to grow spiritually in our lives. It’s time to break camp. “You have been Christians a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things a beginner must learn about the Scriptures. You are like babies who drink only milk and cannot eat solid food. And a person who is living on milk isn’t very far along in the Christian life and doesn’t know much about doing what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who have trained themselves to recognize the difference between right and wrong and then do what is right.” (Hebrews 5:12-14).
There are many times where I’ve become satisfied with my spiritual growth and been content to stay there, but every time I do, I hear the voice of the Holy Spirit saying, “You’ve been at this mountain long enough. It’s time to break camp and move on.” Maybe you’re there today. Have you been comfortable in your Christian walk? Is there a restlessness in your spirit for something more? Then it’s time to break camp and move on. Let’s follow our leader into the glorious unknown – this is a life like no other – this is the Great Adventure!
Pastor Chris Jordan