And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
This is My Beloved Son, hear Him. Oh, how we need to have a personal Mount of Transfiguration today. Like Peter, many of God’s people have built booths to their own personal Moses or Elijah. Dear ones, if we are not careful, we too will build our own booths or monuments to methodology instead of Jesus. I fear that Jesus Christ is getting buried beneath all of our slogans and programs. The Spirit of God has been sent in the believer’s life to conform us into the image of Jesus, not the personality of any man or methods. When methodology or programs drive the church, Jesus becomes nothing more than background music.
The key to vibrant church life is Jesus Himself. A living faith in Jesus is going to bring forth fruit to the glory of God. But living for Jesus is about being holy, not hip. Godly, not glamorous. Content, not contrary. Zealous, not obnoxious. Faithful, not flashy. The life of Christ was all about living for the Father. His singular devotion was to please His Father. His constant message was pointing others to His Father. Thus, The Father was pleased with Jesus.
Saints, the church is married to Jesus, not methodology or programs. Church life is the overflow of that fellowship and intimacy with Him. Have we forgotten that the great commandment is to love Jesus first and supremely?
My prayer for the body of Christ is that God would give each one of us a personal Mount of Transfiguration. It is that revelation of Him that changes lives and reaches out to others. Not because it is in in our bulletins or church vision, but because Jesus lives in my heart as Lord. The best thing that you can do for the church God has planted you in is to love Jesus. Love others in that body. Use your gifts to glorify Him. Share the gospel with the lost. Simply put, hear Him. Never allow Jesus become the background music of your church’s philosophy of ministry.