Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July 17, 2014

"Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah. ”While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only."  Matthew 17:1-8
Wow! Moses, Elijah and the Transfigured Jesus altogether in one place at one time!
I would be thrilled to see any ONE of them, but Peter, James and John got to see them all!
That wasn't even the best part! They got to hear the voice of God! How good would that be?!
Wouldn't you like to hear the voice of God?
Seeing Jesus, then seeing Jesus glorified, and seeing Elijah, and seeing Moses and hearing the voice of God - that's a REAL good day!
But having said that, while they were called to evangelize and while they were up on that high mountain no one got saved.
They were called to heal the sick and while they were on the high mountain no one was healed.
They were called to deliver the captives but there was no one delivered while they were high on the mountain.
Mountain-top experiences are wonderful!
Mountain-top experiences where Jesus, Moses, and Elijah show up are amazing!
But the work of God and the will of God are accomplished at the bottom of the mountain. 
Is God any less glorified when He reveals His power at the bottom of the mountain than He is at the top of the mountain?
It is wonderful when we see God glorified high on the mountain, but only three men got to see it. When God is glorified by someone being saved, or being healed or getting delivered from a demon many people see that! And many can give Him glory! 

Giving Him glory by your worship in the sanctuary on Sunday is a good thing but glorifying Him by your walk the rest of the week is even more effective.