Scripture Reading: Matthew 17:1-9
Today the Lord opens the eyes of our minds on a very important way of life that we need as children of God. The Lord does not want to express regret for relying on us and as such He desires from us a level of maturity in our calling. On three occasions in the scriptures, the Lord showed that Peter, John and James had what it takes to undertake the mission that could take others to the Promised Land. At the Transfiguration, the Lord took only Peter, John and James. In Mark 5:37, the scripture records that, “Then he did not let anyone else go on with him except Peter and James and his brother John.” In Matthew 26:37, the Lord again took them to join Him in the most trying moment of His life. “Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray’. He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee. Grief and anguish came over him, and he said to them, ‘The sorrow in my heart is so great that it almost crushes me. Stay here and keep watch with me’.” Today we have men and women who are in positions of authority but their actions promote confusion, war, rancour, bitterness, and religious intolerance. As leaders they make comments which are unbecoming of their positions. There are certain actions that are not expected of a leader and when the Lord discovers us as one who would not want to be reasonable with the role we play as a leader, it becomes very difficult for Him to select us to take up roles that are very sensitive and demands total firmness of mind, stability of character especially in the Church.
Reflecting on the three special occasions that Jesus called Peter, James and John to follow Him, certain demands were made of them. In the Transfiguration, Jesus ordered them not tell anybody about the vision they had seen until He is raised from the death. At Gethsemane, He wanted them to keep watch with Him. In fact, the raising of Jairus daughter from the dead was even more demanding. When Jesus told the people that the child was not dead, that she was only sleeping, the people laughed. But Peter, John, and James knew He was not joking. Can the Lord send you on an errand without you faltering? In working for God, there is this maturity that must play out. There is this control that must be in place. There is this cautiousness we must have. There must be self-discipline we cannot overlook. There must be holiness that cannot be compromised. There must be a reasonable level of understanding and knowledge that you cannot afford to neglect. There are people who cannot afford to forsake the path of truth no matter what is happening. We need such people in this age where everyone has gone his own way, everybody doing his or her own thing, while the vineyard continues to cry for more laborers.
As children of God, let us begin to work on ourselves so that we will become useful instruments for the Lord. Let us build ourselves in such a way that we can be relied upon. As Peter, James and John did not bring regrets to the Lord, may we never with our lifestyles bring shame and disgrace to the Lord. God bless you.
- Thank God for today’s reflection
- Ask the good Lord to equip with what it takes to be positioned for greatness.
- Pray for uncommon wisdom of excellence upon your life.
- Pray for those acting immaturely in the Lord’s vine, for God to give them the grace of maturity.
- Pray for leaders in our societies who still exhibit unacceptable characters/attitudes, for a high sense of maturity and responsibility.
Exercise: Begin today to groom yourself to be somebody who Christ can rely on.
Memory Verse: 2 Timothy 2:21.