Listen to Him

Matthew 17:1-9:

Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.” And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone. As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, “Do not tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”


It’s frightening to realize how many of us refuse to listen to Jesus – or, better said, refuse to hear Him. Is it any wonder that our world is fallen and falling ever further when statistically more and more people are turning away from Him – and ever further away from His Word? For those of us that think we have a better answer for us (the Creation) than what He (the Creator) has planned for us, how can that possibly be? It’s like driving a car backwards on a freeway – we would be deliberately ignoring the owner’s manual, the laws of the roads, etc. if we did so. It all comes down to this – Listening to Him is the only option worth striving for. What would the downside be of living a life built upon the Golden Rule? If we find ourselves kicking and screaming like a toddler on the floor rather than listening to our Eternal Father, it’s time to cut it out and start growing-up in Christ. I guarantee that we’re all running out of time and there’s no better time than now to “repent and sin no more”.

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