Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Experience of A Lifetime: Part 2

"And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, 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." - Matthew 17:1,2 [ESV]

Can you imagine how often Jesus would take these three disciples on their own personal adventures with him? And I can't help but think that they had gone off with Jesus many times to a solitary place in order that they could "pray" (and when I say pray, I mean Jesus would pray and they would pray in their dreams).  Question: Do you think that these three ever got tired of going off with Jesus late at night to pray? Do you ever wonder if they thought of it as being the same thing over and over - nothing special or impressive? Can you imagine what they would have missed if on this specific night they asked Jesus if they could just stay behind instead of go up on the mountain with Jesus? What may have seemed like the same old thing became the experience of a lifetime.

I would say that most of the Christian life is doing the stuff—doing the mundane and ordinary, watching Jesus turning it into the extraordinary.  I'm convinced that Jesus wants to do the miraculous, to show himself as extraordinary and beyond ability to explain in human language.  However, he will probably take you through many months/years of the "mundane" to bring to the point of seeing that aspect of himself that will leave you awestruck and speechless.  Remember: if you're not willing to do the ordinary, you probably will never see the extraordinary.

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