Anyone with children understands the feeling of speaking to a wall. My children seem to have the uncanny ability to tune me out with Star Wars like force. Usually it occurs when the TV is on. I can be in mid-sentence and you can see their eyes glaze over and I know that nothing I am saying is penetrating. You may have never thought about it, but in that moment my child is making a value judgment. They have decided that the message coming from the black box has more value than the words of their dad. They have made a choice and the choice is to ignore me.
In our scripture above we see an amazing event unfold. Prior to this passage, Jesus is transfigured before Peter, James and John and we are told his face shone like the sun. We are also told that Moses and Elijah appear on the scene. Now this wouldn't be too weird, except that Moses had been dead for 1300 years and Elijah for 900 years. To top it off, God shows up by the power of His Word and says, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
One thing, I have learned is that when God speaks, we should pay attention. The message here is directed to Peter, James and John and the reason for the message is abundantly clear. God is making a point that Jesus has His authority and He wants Peter, James and John to “listen to him.” At that moment, God could have said anything. He could have given them a long discourse on redemptive history, or explained the purpose of black holes, but he didn’t. His command was simple, to listen to Jesus.
I recognize that I am young (34) and I have yet to experience a lot of the ups and downs in life, but I can’t help but feel that we are at a crossroad in our American churches. We are standing on a mountain and God has done a great work before our eyes and His Words to us are to the same as they were to Peter, James and John, “listen to him.” I worry that we in America are like my children, with eyes glazed over staring and listening to the wisdom of the World and blocking out the powerful words of the King of Kings. I worry that we value the wisdom that comes from the world instead of the wisdom that comes from the Author of Life.
So my question to all of us is, when struggles come up in life, do you turn your ear to Christ? When your Church makes a decision, do you open up the Word of God and use it as your plum line? Do you care about what Christ says about how your marriage should function, how your family should function, how your church should function, how your heart should function? Or are you too mesmerized by the little black box?
Choose today whom you will listen to.