And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off. ~Exodus 24:1
If you are diagnosed with a serous illness, you know the importance of doing what your doctor tells you to do. You come to the designated appointment, you see whatever specialist he refers you to, and you take whatever medicines he prescribes. To get well, you make sure you are on the doctor’s calendar. It is important that we are on God’s calendar, agenda, and timelines. God told Moses, “Come up unto the LORD.”
We must come because we are commanded.
God gave a command to Moses. A command is an order that is to be obeyed. We are commanded to come up to God exclusively. “And Moses alone shall come near the LORD.” We must come up to the Lord a minimum of once per day, and as often as He commands us. We are commanded to come up to God earnestly. For Moses, it required walking up a mountain until he arrived at the summit. Be diligent and earnest in your approach. We are commanded to come up to God expectantly. God is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Come up expecting God to change you.
We must come with a covering.
“And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.” In Hebrews 10:19, we enter the holiest of places through the blood of Christ. We come up through the merit of the shed blood of Christ. First, it represents our sins are covered under His blood. Second, it privileges us with favor with God as one of His blood-bought children. Without the covering of the blood, we are excluded from coming up.
We must come with companions.
God told Moses to bring Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. In developing spiritual leaders, we must bring them up with us to be in the presence of the Lord. They might not get as close as you will, but they will profit from the experience of being in God’s holy presence. Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him when He was transfigured before them. They said, “It is good for us to be here.” Find opportunities to take others up with you into His presence.
We must come for our commission.
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.” We come up for our personal communion with God. We come up for our practical commission from God. God called Moses to up give him two stone tablets that contained God’s commandments that he was to teach the people. Preachers must come up to the Lord for their messages. Soulwinners must come up to the Lord for direction for the people they are to witness to. All of us must come up to God so He can give us what we are supposed to do. He commissions us at the top of the mount. He commissions us when we are undistracted and undivided in our attention.