"Wake up kids!" We were in a campground, and it was 3:30 in the morning. I didn't want to wake up the whole campground, but I did want the kids up in the middle of the night. You ask, "What are you doing to your kids?" Well, I had planned a trip up Cadillac Mountain, and it took about an hour to drive to the top of it. I had been told that was the first place you could see the sunrise on the east coast. I wanted to do this, and I thought this would be a great adventure for my wife and kids. Well, they were not quite as enthused as I was, especially when I woke them up. I had thought ahead and had donuts, so as they woke up, I stuffed a donut in each mouth so they wouldn't wake up the campground. Then we started my well-planned adventure up Cadillac Mountain. Finally, we made it to the top, and there, on the eastern horizon, in that chilly, early morning air, we were rewarded with an unforgettable view - of the clouds. I had listened to the weather forecast. They promised me the sun. I had a family insurrection on my hands. We never did see the sun that morning. Well, I had made my plans, and gone to a lot of effort. I got to the top of my mountain, and missed what I thought I would find there.
Well, I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about Disappointment Mountain.
Our word from the Word of God comes from Matthew 6:32. Jesus has just been talking about clothes, food, and earthly possessions. He continues with, "'The pagans run after all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them, but seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given you as well.'"
Jesus is talking about two mountains. One is earth-stuff mountain, and He says that is what most people who don't know Him are running after. They are climbing this mountain, saying, "I have to collect as much earth stuff as I can." Then He describes Kingdom mountain, which is seeking first the Kingdom of God.
Even if you are a Christian, unless you make a conscious, courageous choice to climb Kingdom mountain with your life, you will spend your best years and your best energy on Mount Earth-stuff. At one seminar I was teaching about peaceful living in a stressful world, a man in his thirties was there, who is very successful in business. He told me he had come that day to find out how to be more successful. He said, "Ron, I'm an athlete. I have been a winner all my life. I want to learn how to win better in my business." At the end of the day, he walked out in tears. Do you know what he said? He said, "All these years, I have been climbing the wrong mountain, and I want the rest of my life to be in the service of the Lord." Maybe you have been climbing the wrong mountain, too. You love Jesus, but you're living for earth-stuff. You have all your plans together, like when I tried to go up Cadillac Mountain. You have worked hard. You're getting to the top, but when you get to top, you say, "Wait a minute! Why am I so empty? This isn't the view I expected."
The Bible says God has planted eternity in your heart. You are built to live for eternal things. Would you let Jesus challenge your daily value system? Would you let Him loosen your grip on all you have accumulated? Would you let Him evaluate your dreams in the light of eternity? Would you let Him change what you're aiming your efforts at? He wants to be the Lord of your drive to win, to achieve, to conquer. He doesn't want to remove it. He wants to redirect you to climb a better mountain, one that is worth all you have, because the view at the top of Mount Kingdom is all your soul ever longed for.