Morning, September 10, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“And He went up on the mountain and summoned those whom He Himself wanted, and they came to Him.” — Mark 3:13

Here was sovereignty in play. Impatient believers may fret and fume, because they are not called to the highest places in the ministry; but reader, take joy that Jesus calls whom he wills. If he shall leave me as a doorkeeper in his house, I will cheerfully bless him for his grace in permitting me to do anything in his service. The call of Christ’s servants comes from above. Jesus stands on the mountain, eternally above the world in holiness, sincerity, love and power. Those whom he calls must go up the mountain to him, they must seek to rise to his level by living in constant communion with him. They may not be able to mount to historic honors, or attain scholastic eminence, but they must like Moses go up into the mount of God and have intimate communication with the unseen God, or they will never be fitted to proclaim the gospel of peace. Jesus set himself apart to hold high fellowship with the Father, and we must enter into the same divine companionship if we would bless our fellow men. It is no wonder that the apostles were clothed with power when they came down fresh from the mountain where Jesus was. This morning we must endeavor to ascend the mount of communion, that there we may be ordained to the lifework for which we are set apart. Don’t let us see the face of men today till we have seen Jesus. Time spent with him is invested with great spiritual returns. We too shall cast out demons and work wonders if we go down into the world clothed with that divine energy which Christ alone can give. It is of no use going to the Lord’s battle till we are armed with heavenly weapons. We must see Jesus; this is essential. At the mercy-seat we will linger until he shall reveal himself to us in a way that he does not to the world around us, and until we can truthfully say, “We were with him in the Holy Mount.”