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Matthew 17:1 …Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone.
In the modern world, when a known leader is preparing to make a major pronouncement, he will take steps to ensure it will go out to as many people as possible. There will be cameras, microphones, television, media, social media, and more. Without a doubt, the message will go out to the masses.
But Jesus did things very differently than many “leaders” today. When the time came for a major pronouncement, Jesus didn’t have the religious leaders, the large crowds of ordinary citizens, or even the twelve disciples all circled together to hear and witness it. Instead, when the Transfiguration in Matthew 17:1-9 occurred, Jesus chose only three people; Peter, James, and John to witness this sacred event.
One principle we see repeated throughout Jesus’ ministry is that He spent a lot of time being with God so He would have clarity on what to do for God. Sometimes this meant speaking to a large crowd, and sometimes it meant revealing His true nature to just a few. But being with God was precious to Him.
READING & PRAYERS:
MATTHEW 17:1-9 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)
QUESTION: On a scale of 1-10, how important is it for you to spend time in the presence of God each day?
REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Continue to live your life at the pace of your soul. Slow down in order to catch up to the pace in which God created you to live.
Take a Step: This week, continue to utilize the One Minute Pause app at least twice daily to begin practicing being with God and resting in His presence. The app is free, and is available on iPhone and Android devices. See pauseapp.com for details.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess that far too often I am more concerned about how much I am able to do for You instead of simply engaging in opportunities to be with You. Continue to help me to slow down and embrace the moments I have with You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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