Often times, when we look at our lives and circumstances we want more. There is a longing for something and often times the essence of that “something” centers on our desire for more control over our environment and lives. This leads me to mention the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class commercials, called “Say the Word.” Each of the commercials hits the right emotional button that speaks to our innate desire to be in charge.
In each of the commercials we see a man with the superpower to make anything miraculously come true whenever he says “the word.” In one version of the commercial, the man is watching golf and he says “make the putt” and the golfer does. Then he needs to cross the street and he says to the crossing signal, “change color” and it does. And of course the funniest part is when he’s at the opera and says, “change the music” and the opera singer instantly transforms into the rapper Ludacris. Then the man climbs into his new Mercedes and commands the car to, “change color, make it cooler, and play my music” and it does. As the commercial ends the slogan says, “If only everything in life listened to you like your new A-Class!”
This coming week we will read about the Transfiguration of Jesus and through the eye witness testimony of Peter, John, and James we see a glimpse of the kingdom coming in power as Jesus is illuminated from the inside out revealing his true glory (his shekinah glory). In this passage we also encounter God’s presence manifested in the form of a cloud and he says, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” (Luke 9:35)
As humorous as these commercials are, and in as much as we desire to have more control, God’s command here in Luke speaks against our desire to have everything in our lives obey us. It is God alone who is Sovereign and he is the one who writes the script, not us. Scripture tells us our lives are not our own; we belong to Jesus.
When God commands us to listen to him, it means we are to give attention to Jesus’ teachings above all else and the best way to do that is by staying connected to his Word. By tuning our ears to hear him we come to learn, obey, follow, and ultimately bring others to the knowledge and love of Him. John Piper says, “When we belong to Jesus, we’re finally able to make God look glorious in our lives.”
Through the power of the Spirit, may the coming week find each of us understanding in a deeper way the glory of the Lord just as Peter, John, and James did on the mountain top that day. May our desire to control our surroundings lessen as we practice selflessness by looking, not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of others thereby delightfully discovering God is there! And may we look for ways to serve those in need expecting nothing in return, grown from glory to glory as we become the transfigured people of God!