Mark 9:2 - "And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them."
Climbing up the "Mount of Transfiguration" was no easy task for the 3 disciples--Peter, James, and John--that Jesus decided to call apart from the rest of the Twelve. First they had to wrestle with being called to leave the lower grounds of ease and comfort in order to reach a higher level of focus and discipline. Not everyone passes that test. To be immediately comfortable and miss an opportunity to be even closer to the Savior just because you don't want to have to struggle up a mountain to achieve that next level of discipleship and closeness versus taking that chance is the question.
Now imagine for a moment that you are one of the three disciples that got to climb up with Jesus. Having to climbing up several thousand feet above sea level and you're not even sure about how to prepare or about what to pack for the journey can be a scary prospect. But you have it in you to make up in your mind that you'll go up anyway.
Now it's nice weather at the ground level, but the weather can get trippy the closer you get to the top as it gets colder and colder and the air gets thinner and thinner. And you wonder if you will find it difficult to breathe. But you can rest assured that Jesus doesn't take you up the mountain all at once. No no; instead He takes you up by steps and stages so you don't get overwhelmed. Remember, He won't put any more on you than you can bare.
As you get higher and higher, you know you cannot turn back now. Then eventually you see Jesus transfigured before you. You see His real glory revealed a bit, you get to experience the glory of the Kingdom a bit, and you forget about religion, and politics, and he-said/she-said foolishness, and the stress from your job, and who made you upset and how much money is or is not in your bank account. You momentarily forget about all that because you have come to see the special kind of glory that could not have been seen if you remained in your comfort zone on the ground.
So you think to yourself, "This climb was hard, but it is totally worth it." And because Jesus was transfigured before you, even you are experiencing a change in yourself. And when you change everything around you has to change. No more settling, no more same ol', same ol', no more mediocrity. Jesus led you up the mountain because He knew your path would be a bit different from the rest of the "Twelve." He knew if you stayed with the pack, you would not get to a place of leadership. When you come back down from the mountain, having changed for the better, hopefully you will help others to see how they can grow and change for the better as well.
What is your mountain to climb? Is it a corporate work structure? Is it getting a degree? Is it making a move from your hometown to another one to find work? Whatever it is, understand that not everyone can come up with you to the special place to which Jesus has called you. If you go, some people will call you "stuck up," or say things like "what do you think you are doing? You won't make it. If I didn't make it, what makes you think you can?" Yes don't be surprised if even your close friends start to act crazy around you; it's just that they don't understand where God is taking you and why He is taking you there. But really it does not have to be their business to know all the details. Just know that as you follow Jesus you learn more and more about what you are made of.
Jesus didn't lead you up the mountain for the sake of elitism or arrogance, but for the sake of your purpose. The mountain journey allowed for a time for a glimpse of the glory of Jesus and the Kingdom. He gives us glimpses of His glory because we cannot handle all of it at one time. It's too much. But He leads us and guides us along steps towards elevation. Moreover, He has a special kind of key you can only get from having chased Him for it. Following Jesus will involve some times of discomfort, but you must continue to do so because the key He has unlocks the door to the mystery of who you really are called to be. The question is, are you ready for promotion and elevation? #Elevation
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.