E-votional - Transformed
February 28, 2003

Verse:

ďAnd he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.

Mark 9:2b-3 (NRSV)

Thought:

Have you ever heard music that stirs your soul? Looked at a painting that seemed to capture something special? Heard a speaker who motivates? What about reading a passage that gives you newfound hope? Somewhere along the way change happens, it happens within you and it is because of an experience. We all have had experiences, good and bad, which have changed us, and possibly are still changing us. Can you imagine being there, atop the mountain when this experience from the passage above happens? Wow! Awesome! Oh my! what's going on! These are some of the responses I would have given, I think. I also believe I would have been quite nervous seeing everything unfold as it did. How would I know this was Elijah and Moses? How could this all be explained? Then, a soon as I could grasp what might be happening, they leave, disappear into thin air. Normalcy begins to return and then ... BOOM! the voice. "This is My Son! The Beloved One, listen to Him." How would this effect me? Can I possibly picture myself there, then?

Hear the Good News, when we experience Christ, it changes our life. When God comes into our life, becoming a focus, we change, we are transformed. The Transfiguration of Christ is important to us on a couple of levels. First, it discloses to us God's presence and power in Christ. It also reminds us that even after some of our most powerful moments, we must descend from atop the mountain and use the change God has made in our life, to share the Good News with others. When we are empowered by God, we must respond faithfully in all we do and everywhere we go.

Prayer: 

   Gracious Father, thank You for the change You have brought into my life. Let me share all You have do in my life with others. Please, keep me faithful in all I do, that I might be the disciple You have called me to be. Thank You for all You have done and all You will continue to do, for I ask this through Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.