Have You Been With Him?
Genesis 12:1-4; Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22: 2 Timothy 1:8-10; Matthew 17:1-9;
Remember the transfiguration event of Christ wherein Peter saw Jesus talking to Elijah and Moses? Moses is one of the major prophets in the old testament. Elijah was another one in another time after Moses. Their appearance before Jesus meant that whatever they were all preaching, they were referring to the same thing, and that Jesus was the one they prophesied about. This is where the old testament transitions of to the new testament, and the covenant is passed on to Jesus. Jesus became our living example of how we should become, as the law of Moses and Elijah’s has been replaced by Jesus’ teachings, which we should now follow.
The question is have we been true Christians? From what I remember, Mahatma Gandhi, a well known philosopher has been quoted as saying “I admire your Christ, but I don’t admire Christians”. Why is this so? Maybe because most of us don’t practice what we believe in. We are followers of Christ, and therefore we should be as gentle, as loving and forgiving and compassionate as Him. We should also influence others to follow His ways. There are several stories in the bible where Samaritans (an ethnoreligious group) end up having compassion and helping the one in need, while the religious didn’t make an effort helping out the needy, like the parable of the good Samaritan, as told by Jesus.
Do we share our blessings with others who might benefit from them? Do we see a lot of positive changes in our lives? Do we influence others in a right way? Do we show good examples for others to follow? If not, then, we still haven’t been in His presence.
“Let me encounter Your holy presence in my every waking moment, Lord.”