18 May 2012

Luke 9:28-36

"This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!" (v. 35)


Following on from yesterday's love story theme, this story too could be the stuff of films - stunning visual effects, a glorious sound track, a cast of celebrities etc. These can all be imagined as we read of the transfiguration of Christ. Indeed the disciples are stunned into silence by what they see.

If we are made in the image of Christ, then we too will be transfigured by our experience of God. Some people describe this as a thunderbolt experience, others like a journey that involves climbing to the summit of a mountain throughout their lives and suddenly, as they reach the summit, they catch a glimpse of what it has all been about.

This may well be an experience we find it hard to share. We may be reluctant to find the words or will to express what it means to us. It may be something that we do not wish to share, like the disciples, but prefer to keep it as something very special, beyond words. But we know that this experience touches and transforms our innermost being, which we then hold on to and treasure. Not for filmmaking is this experience, but to polish and keep as bright as it originally was as best we can within our lives, as it is the stuff of longing and of food for our living that gives us purpose and direction.

The hard bit is, of course, the polishing, keeping the experience bright within us as a source of inspiration when things get difficult for us and not allowing it to be tarnished by the ways of the world and our wanderings into a less purposeful way of life. Polished not to the extent that we outshine those around us, but kept bright enough to be seen by what we offer which comes from being who we are, without hesitation. Just as the disciples had to come down from that mountain top; they could not stay there for the world was waiting.

To Ponder

If someone were to make a film of your life whom would you chose to play you? A family member? A celebrity? Yourself?

Reflect on your answer in the light of the above.

How has your experience of God been a resource that you can draw upon in your daily discipleship?


Bible notes author

Margaret Sawyer

Margaret Sawyer has worked for the Methodist Connexional Team for ten years, first as connexional secretary for Women's Network and then as the Church's equality and diversity officer. She now works to support preaching and worship in her local circuit and district.