We have a mountain near my house in Central Arkansas called Pinnacle. It rises to 1011 feet towering over the surrounding landscape. Since my 20's, I’ve spent countless hours climbing this mountain. Climbing Pinnacle Mountain was an outdoor challenge that I talked often about and even bragged about. As far as mountains were concerned, I couldn't imagine a more rewarding outdoor experience then hiking that trail to the top of Pinnacle.
When I was in my 30’s, I took a trip out west and laid my eyes on the Rocky Mountains for the first time. A few years later, I started climbing the 14,000 foot peaks of the Rocky Mountains. That put Pinnacle Mountain into perspective. I had no idea what I had been missing by not experiencing the Rocky Mountains earlier in life. Although Pinnacle Mountain is beautiful and rewarding to climb, you get a much greater reward when you scale a mountain that rises nearly 3 miles high.
I had a similar experience as a Christian. I embraced the fact that my faith in God’s grace had saved me from something; life and death without Christ. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 NASB
But I had not experienced the following verse that pointed me to that fact that I was saved to something; incredible works for which I was created. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 NASB
Embracing verse 10, helped me discover the bigger mountain. This changed everything for me as a Christian.
Are you using the skills, abilities, and passions that God created you with to climb the Big Mountains He created you for? Or are you listening to the world around you saying, “Success is found in money, power, and pleasure.” That is the little mountain. I’ve climbed the little mountain, and I’m here to tell you there’s a much more rewarding life for the Christian. Challenge yourself to start pursuing the God-inspired dreams you were created for, and you will begin climbing the bigger (more rewarding) mountain.