Are you a Christmas Baker; Gingerbread houses and cookies galore? Or, perhaps you have a favorite recipe that you make each year. As a baker, you can have all of the ingredients before you to make the perfect recipe but until each ingredient is properly chosen and weighed or measured, they remain just a set of ingredients, nothing more.
God has provided all we need to be his perfect creation but it is up to us to add each ingredient to complete a life worthy of our calling. We can begin with the first ingredient of faith which is invisible to the naked eye and the last is love. We need to follow His recipe which includes the ingredients of (moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love). Isn’t it marvelous to know that God is not selfish but shares his recipes with us that we may not be conformed to this world but transformed by the renewing of our minds? In addition, God’s recipes are labeled with His precious and magnificent promises which are needed in order to make us his perfect creation of godliness. With each ingredient added we are being renewed in our mind until we are perfected in holiness.
Take a moment and open God’s recipe book. His recipes filled with magnificent and precious promises/ingredients that are needed to fulfill his kingdom and his church.
Jesus chose three disciples out of the 12 to accompany him to the mountain top. Each would later draw strength from this as their message of encouragement to others. Peter, the denier would later write: “we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” And John would write: “we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father…” James would draw strength as he faced the sword of Herod. God gives us these mountain top experiences as His powerful picture that the goal is not the cross but only its path to glory.
Why did Jesus reveal this to just three of his disciples? Perhaps because he knew that soon Peter would deny him; James would be beheaded, and John would be the one chosen to write the Revelation of the Transfigured Christ. Recently a precious friend left his earthly dwelling and now sits at the feet of Jesus. As I pondered this I considered this thought: Jesus’ Transfiguration has given each of us a glimpse into what awaits each believer at death which is comforting for those that are now grieving but also a picture of what we can become even now as we reach our mountain top with him.In addition, Paul gave us a glimpse of what will happen at death: 1Co 15:52 in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. Did you grab that thought? We will all be changed just as Jesus was changed on that mountain top and forever changed these men’s lives.
But until then we must return to the valley but are reminded that it is a process as Paul reflected: “And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another,” And now the crux of the whole purpose! We return from the mountain top so that we may reflect God’s glory before the world that we inhabit day by day.
Only the transfigured Jesus has the power to change us from the inside out for He is the Messiah, and why we are to “listen to Him.”
Continuing on our journey to the cross we stop today on top of a mountain and learn a valuable lesson in transforming power. In this account, the scribe Mark records Peter’s recollection of this amazing story of Jesus’ Transfiguration.
Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James and John and is supernaturally metamorphosed from his humanity to his divinity thus giving them and us a picture of our heavenly reflections that we will one day receive. 1Co 15:52 in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
Until then we live in our humanness as Jesus did and yet, once we receive the indwelling Holy Spirit we should also be in the process of being transformed from the inside out that the world may see a new “us.” 2Co 3:18 And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Before this process can begin we must repent of our sins and turn from our sinful ways to He who has the power to change us from the inside out and then live in this way: Rom 12:2 Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
Beloved, how does the world see each of us …as we “were” or as we “are becoming?”