Monthly Archives: July 2016

Fully Awake

Full text – Luke 9:28-36

“28Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. 30And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, 31who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah’—not knowing what he said. 34As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!’ 36And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.”

As I read this passage today and heard it read during the morning sermon at church, one concept really stood out to me. Like the disciples, during Jesus’ prayer time, we often are exhausted, “heavy with sleep,” weigh down mentally, emotionally, and physically with all our cares. 

Of course, some physical rest is important for our well-being. Even God rested on the 7th day of Creation, in order to set an example for us. If we allow rest to take the priority in our lives, however, we will miss out on some of the most amazing things God has for us to witness. 

For these disciples, it was only when they were fully awake that they saw the glory of God and the amazing event that He wanted them to witness. Enjoy the rest God wants you to have in order to refresh your body, mind, and soul, but be diligent also – be fully awake, ready to see all that the Lord wishes to show you!

Jesus, the church, and leadership

  • Jesus is the head of the church.

Colossians 1:18 “Christ is also the head of the church, which is His body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So He is first in everything.”

  • The body (of Christ – the church) is made up of many parts.

1 Corinthians 12:12-14 “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all of its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but many.”

  • Leaders are to equip God’s people for service to build up one another in unity, knowledge, and maturity.

Ephesians 4:11-13 “So Christ Himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip His people for works of service, do that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”

Come Hungry; Take Home Leftovers.

“When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then He took them with Him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, but the crowds learned about it and followed Him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.

Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to Him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.” He replied, “You give them something to eat.”

They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” (About five thousand men were there.) But He said to His disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and broke them. Then He gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.”

– Luke 9:10-17
Those who came to Jesus hungry for literal good found themselves with not only what they needed, but also leftovers. Those who come to Jesus for spiritual food, hungry for forgiveness, hungry for knowledge, and hungry for a Friend will find themselves having even more than they thought they needed.
Come to the Lord in faith – not just faith in His provision, but faith too in His abundance, in His extravagantly generous love. Come to Jesus hungry, and take home leftovers!