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August 27

Matthew 17, 1 – 2

Something to read

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother 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 dazzling white.

New Revised Standard Version

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Something to think about

I wonder if Jesus knew that the Transfiguration would take place that day, when he invited Peter, James and John to come up the mountain with him.

We know that Jesus sometimes went into the hills alone to pray, and perhaps this experience of being so explicitly in the presence of God was common to him – even if this occasion was a bit special.

But Jesus senses that the time is right to draw his three closest disciples deeper into his experience of his Father, and more explicitly into an experience of who the Son of Man truly is. In difficult times in the future, they will look back on these precious moments and draw strength from them.

There is a time to draw other people into the spiritual things that we ourselves have experience of.

How else are they going to take the next steps forward? It is part of preparing other people to fulfil the roles and ministries that we presently fulfil – just as Jesus was preparing these three for leadership in the post-resurrection church. The fact that many of our churches are so full of older people tells us that we are not good at this.

Something to do

Who do you know who is ready to be drawn into the work of Christ in our world, but in order to do so needs to share in a fresh way the experience of God that you have?

Contact them today, and invite them to join you somewhere – perhaps literally on a mountain-top (where it may be easier to feel close to God, surrounded by his creation and away from the bustle of everyday life), or in a prayer or worship setting that you are commonly part of. And see what happens.

Something to pray

Thank you, Father, for the closeness of relationship I enjoy with you by your grace. Thank you that you have drawn me into the same experience that Peter, James and John had, knowing who your Son is. And give me discernment as I seek to draw others closer to you, as Jesus did on that mountain top. So may your Kingdom come on Earth, as it is in heaven.

Today's contributor is JUST LIVING, a fresh expression of church in Devon devoted to the Christian pursuit of justice for the poor and closely linked to Christian Aid.

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