Sunday March 5
Radical transformation
  • Genesis 12:1-4
  • Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22
  • 2 Timothy 1:8-10
  • Matthew 17:1-9

Radical transformation is written into our destiny. The call on Abraham’s life to live under the banner of the Lord’s favour and promise is shared by us all. However, stepping into this calling requires a radical move. We are called out of our comfort zones and in to the unknown. We are drawn out from our state of normalcy and plunged into the supernatural.

Today’s Second Reading says, “He saved us and called us to a holy life, not according to our works but according to his own design.” What does this holy life look like? It involves bearing hardship for the Gospel. It involves a sacrifice.

Are we prepared to be fools for Christ in the eyes of the world? Are we prepared to endure rejection, judgement, and criticism to uphold Kingdom values? Are we willing to be misunderstood when obeying his word?

If indeed we are, then we can expect the glory of Christ as seen on the Mount of Transfiguration to be unveiled in our lives. For when we choose a life of radical living, radical loving, and radical serving, then in turn, we see a radical moving and a radical working of Christ through us. And those words that the Father spoke over the Son, he will speak over us, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

For when Jesus was transfigured, the Gospel reveals that a radiant cloud appeared, and enveloped them all; not just Jesus, but all who were present there. This glory cloud rests over us, and the invitation to “Rise” and “not be afraid” is open to us still today.

We are invited to carry Christ’s glory into our spheres of influence, and to be his witnesses not just in our home territory where we are comfortable, but to go beyond as Abram did leaving behind the land of his kinsfolk and go wherever the Lord’s glory longs to be released.

All he asks of us is to trust and start moving, and he will bring the light, the wonder, the power, and all the glory. He will be the radical transformer.

As the Lord leads us in this season of grace, let us envision ourselves standing on that mountain with Jesus. Will we say yes to his glory? Yes to the cost of following him for the rest of our lives? Yes to a life lived not for others nor the world, but for Christ alone? Yes to leaving it all behind and marching out to where he directs us?

If our heart’s cry is yes, then let us allow to Lord to begin a radical transformation in us. Let us take his hand and dive into a radical experience of his love, mercy and grace.

Prayer: Abba Father, envelop us in your glory. Transform us from the inside out, so that we may live for you alone. Amen.

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