emmaus2This past weekend, I was blessed to be able to serve on a 72-hour retreat called a “Walk to Emmaus.” This has been called a crash course on Christianity as well as other images of learning about God and God’s unconditional love for each one of us. It is experienced through words and actions. This experience has had a major impact on my life, both my original retreat and those that have followed. Now, I must say that not everyone has the same reaction to this, but this is my response.

For those who have experienced this retreat, you will know what I am talking about when I say that it was a mountaintop experience in an encounter with God’s love and grace. Maybe you’ve had one of those yourself. It might be a worship service, a concert, a family gathering, or maybe just some time alone with God. Either way, you are on the top of the mountain and everything is great. It is so good, that you don’t want to leave.

Jesus and some of the disciples had a similar experience during the Transfiguration, when Jesus was transformed before their eyes and they saw Elijah and Moses, only for a moment. They were on their own mountaintop, literally. It was so good that they didn’t want to come down, they wanted to stay up there where everything is good. Luke 9:33 tells us that Peter said, “Master, it is good for us to stay here. Let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” They wanted to live on the mountaintop. Wouldn’t we all want to stay there too?

But we need to come down, because it is not good for us to stay there. We can still have the feelings of being on top of the world, but we need to come back to our communities. We need to share with them our experiences. Whatever has been your experience on mountains, however you have been moved in your relationship with Jesus Christ, you need to come down and share it with others. Your testimony and witness is incredibly important to the building up of God’s Kingdom here on earth.

Chances are, you have heard testimony from others about certain experiences, and that has helped you make decisions to go to different retreats, conference, or worship services. And those experiences have formed you into who you are today. And this doesn’t have to be a 72-hour long retreat. It can be just telling people about a Sunday or Saturday worship service. Lives are changed when people share what God has done in their lives. This happens every day, many times outside of a normal church service.

One of my mountaintops was this past weekend, and although I know how Peter felt and wanted to stay there, I also knew that this experience has refueled me for ministry within my community. I needed to get home to my family and my church family to share all that had happened and how I was renewed by this experience. I needed to witness to this experience so that it doesn’t just stop with me. Others need to experience this for themselves.

God’s Agape love is for all of us. His unconditional love covers us all in grace. That is good news, and it is news that needs to be shared. And what better time to share it than coming down the mountain as we are as excited as we have ever been. Messages and testimonies are always more easily accepted when they are coming from a grateful and excited heart. So, while it is good to be on the mountain, and it’s good to go back whenever you can, it is also good to be right where God has placed you to be able to share this unconditional love with everyone.