Who are your mountaineering colleagues?
Mark 9: 2 “After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them.”
They were together in the room with Jesus at the raising of Jairus’ daughter. In the garden of Gethsemane they were taken to accompany Jesus whilst he prayed. Here they are led together up a high mountain. Three times, Peter, James and John are brought together by Jesus. It was not of their own choosing.
Often we choose our friends to walk with. But often we choose friends we like or are similar to us. Recently someone said to me they want to be accountable to people they know, they meant people they liked! Jesus chose these 3 disciples, they didn’t choose themselves based on their affection.
Who is walking with you? Perhaps God has already brought to you people that journey with you. If so, praise God! If not, then let me try and help ….
Peter would be restored after his denial of Jesus and be the main leader of the Church at Pentecost. He was known as the ‘rock’.
James, son of Zebedee, was probably older than his brother John, he was reactionary, at times wanted to call fire down on those against them. His enthusiasm for the gospel resulted in him being the first of the 12 disciples to be martyred.
John, would outlive everyone, he was there at the cross and was writing late into the first century having amazing visions on the island of Patmos where he was exiled under the persecution. He was known as the one Jesus loved the most.
So here we have Peter the strong one but who denied Jesus. Make sure who you walk with are broken people who walk with a limp, who are not ultra-victorious but vulnerable but know how to make a come-back.
We have James with his passion but who doesn’t last long. Make sure who you walk with are people with fire in their bones, energetic and enthusiastic so much so they are willing to pay the highest price and lay their lives down for the cause.
We have John who returns to the cross even though had turned away, who knows He is loved by God and can see supernatural things, images, prophetic insights into the present struggle. Make sure who you walk with are people with such love and insight into the things of God.
Pray for such people today, they may be nearer to you than you realise.