Ever Changing, Ever Growing

He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God…’ From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, ‘Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.’ But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man…’ And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He was still speaking when… a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.’” Matthew 16:15-16,21-23;17:1-5

Just because we know Jesus doesn’t mean we will always live as if He is our Lord. Many relate to Peter because of his out-there vivacity, his earnestness, his oft-misguided impulsiveness, his passion. His heart is right but his impetuous action hinders his learning. What I see in these passages is a man who sincerely acknowledges Jesus as the Messiah, but has limited understanding and appropriation of all that means; it will do him good to be still and really know Jesus, that He is the one exalted, not us. (Psalm 46:10)

I watched the sunrise this morning, the clouds a fanfare of grey, then pink-red, then blazing orange, then subdued gold as that celestial ball climbed toward the horizon. Within moments, the play of light and cold air changed the same cloud formation, much as the light of God’s truth along with life circumstances change us, albeit no so quickly for us. What is true- that the light is always there and the course of our planet is sustained by its Creator- does not change; but we change as we are exposed to more and more light, as we learn to think the things of God and grow through choices and failures and victories in our days, over time. Life is dynamic when lived with Jesus. (Hebrews 1:3)

How vibrant is my spiritual walk? Have I stagnated in routine, or complacency, glutted with things and activities that have no eternal bearing? Or do I seek the Light afresh each day, taking in and applying all I can learn, thinking about and feasting on what is true, noble, right, excellent? The more light absorbed, the greater glory reflected. (Philippians 4:8)

Lord, may Your light flood every recess of my mind, my heart, my will. Satiate me with Your word, deepen my understanding, stretch my faith. Change me to be more like You, from day to day and glory to glory. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

 

 

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