Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” (Mark 9:7)
What an amazing experience our Lord gave to Peter, James, and John on the mount of Transfiguration! We looked at it on May 28 in a post titled “The One and Only,” which emphasized God’s clear demonstration and declaration that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Today, let’s take a brief look at the Transfiguration truth these three disciples received that day, which is the same truth we have all been given since that moment on the Mount . . . “Listen to Him!”
How do we listen to our Lord? The very first thing we must do is to slow down long enough to listen. We are so busy being busy in both our professional and personal lives. We have full plates and they are all spinning at high speeds. We need to put some “pause” in our days so we can hear our Lord when He speaks to us.
There are a great many voices clamoring for our attention on the Internet, television, radio, email, and text messages, all of them doing their best to drown out the voice of our Lord. And as if that wasn’t enough, we have Satan himself striving to cause us to question God’s goodness and to doubt His Word (see Genesis 3:1-5). It is essential that we pause each day for a time of listening to our Lord, and the very best way to hear God speak to us is through what He has already spoken to us in sacred Scripture.
We need to be like Peter, who said . . .
“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).
You are probably receiving good and necessary information from a variety of different sources that you need to listen to in order to perform the different functions you have in life. But there is only One source of information that can truly change our lives for our eternal good, and that is the living and active Word of God. Jesus told His disciples that only by abiding in His Word would they know the Truth, and only that Truth would set them free to be all God was calling them to be. That divine instruction applies to each one of us. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and only by staying in close communion with Him can we know the way, receive the truth, and live the life we were created to live.
What does this Transfiguration Truth set us free from? Slavery to the self! When we are listening to the words of this world, we are enslaved to the self; when we are enslaved to the self, we shrink the size of our lives down to the size of our lives. We live only a fraction of the life God has called us to live. But when we listen to Transfiguration truth, we are set free from the self to live for our Savior. At this level of living, we begin to realize our potential and grow into the person God designed us to be.
How is it with you? Is your life being transformed by Transfiguration truth? Are you pausing long enough each day to listen to your Lord? Remember the promise of Scripture: “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (James 4:8). The more we draw near to Jesus, the more we will become like Him. Listen to Him!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!