On BEING

S (Scripture): Mark 9:2 Six days later Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John and led them alone up a high mountain privately. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became radiantly white, more so than any launderer in the world could bleach them. 4 Then Elijah appeared before them along with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. 5 So Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters – one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 (For they were afraid, and he did not know what to say.) 7 Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came from the cloud, “This is my one dear Son. Listen to him!” 8 Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more except Jesus.

O (Observation): Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets.  Jesus is the one who embodies the Law given to Moses (not the 600+ laws made up by the Pharisees).  He is also the ultimate prophet.  As defined in the scriptures, a prophet is the one who speaks for God to God’s people (and to the world).

So, Jesus appears on the mountaintop with Moses and Elijah – representatives of the Law & the Prophets.

Three of the disciples are present and are unsure of how to react.  Peter is so bold as to suggest building three dwellings…but that is not to be.  And on top of it all, they are to tell no one about this, until Jesus has risen from the dead. 

A (Application):  Sometimes we can’t handle what we see.  Sometimes the Kingdom is so overwhelming to experience, we can’t comprehend how to capture those Kingdom moments.  Perhaps, though, those moments are not so much about us DOING, but about us better understanding our BEING as children of God.  

Our character is something that we don’t want to work on, but is something that reminds us of our state of BEING.   Are we spending time with God?  How are my relationships going with my friends?  Am I meeting new people on a regular basis?   These are examples of questions that have to do with character, which has a direct effect on our BEING as children of God. 

Only in knowing that God claims us and transforms us (affecting our BEING) can we be released to practice living out our faith (using our SKILLS).   Knowing that God’s Kingdom is around us and being birthed all of the time into our world today, we can be assured that when we step out in faith, God is present and guiding us…even catching us when we fall & fail.   

When and how has your BEING been affected by Kingdom-moments lately?  Where have you seen God in your ministry?

P (Prayer):  Lord, sometimes we see your handiwork and just sit in awe.   Help us to take in these moments to transform our thoughts towards you and all that you do for us.  Amen. 

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