In Mark 9:2-13, the gospel writer journals the privileged perspective of three of Jesus’ followers, Peter, James and John. Jesus invested heavily in these leaders as the Gospels unfold, pouring time and teaching into their lives. ‘Far above the maddening crowd,’ Jesus was transfigured before them, revealing his glory in a dazzling display. Elijah and Moses are participants in this dramatic event as they get caught up on God’s amazing plan to send His Son to the cross.
Peter was an activist. He is listed first in the list of apostles and he demonstrated leadership, good and bad, on a variety of occasions. This time, he proposes activity. He notes the obvious, “It is good for us to be here,” but why address Jesus as Rabbi. In the previous chapter he has already pointed out – “You are the Christ.” He then proceeds to suggest the raising up of three shelters, one for Jesus, a second for Moses and a third for Elijah. Why did he suggest this? Did he want to serve them? Did he feel ‘guilty’ like many of us, for doing nothing? After all, ‘the devil finds work for idle hands,’ doesn’t he?
Jesus does not respond to the suggestion. God the Father who has sent this Son speaks with clarity – “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” And in a moment, the opportunity is over.
How many opportunities to worship do I miss by being busy? How often have I failed to listen and instead have kept jabbering meaningless words? There are times when I should be actively working (Philippians 1:21,22 speaks of fruitful labour), but there are many other times when I should be actively worshiping – lost in wonder, love and praise!
May today be a day of the latter – a day of seeing the Son of God for who He is, actively listening to Him, and not missing the moment God has designed for my spiritual growth. How should I listen? As the attached graphic suggests – Humbly, Attentively, Earnestly, Reverently.