The Glory of the Lord - Mark 9:2–9
Multitasking seems to be the new norm. Apparently women are better at it than men, but I suspect the younger you are the better you seem to be. People multitask constantly with a phone in their hand texting, while music is damaging their eardrums, negotiating other pedestrians as you walk, and either eating or drinking, while singing or chatting. Many of us still in bewilderment at such behaviour, but if you look closely there seems to be more and more people engaging in such a thing. It used to be the domain of a mother, with children to manage, shopping to do, and not enough sleep for the domestic chores. Today, if you can’t multitask in the business world, you’re rapidly becoming unemployable.
Even in the church it would seem that multitasking is the new norm, or the norm we all seem to think is good. In trying to be “all things to all people”, we start up a myriad of programs and activities to present a smorgasbord of opportunity. We have things for the kids, for youth, for young mums, for older mums, for retirees, and that’s before we start to offer multiple worship experiences so people get to have their particular tastes satisfied. Its juts exhausting, and very unproductive. In the end people get tired and burnt out, a little jaded, and no none is really satisfied. In the mix of this ecclesiastical multitasking, somewhere the Gospel gets lost, and we forget why we are really here.
There are a lot of things one could talk about with the transfiguration. The importance of high places and mountain tops, the significance of the 3 disciples, the reason for Moses and Elijah’s appearing, and even the cloud and the fear experienced. But in the end the Transfiguration is about one thin only. “This is my Son, listen to Him”, and then all they saw was Jesus. Transfiguration reveals God’s glory, but only in the person of Jesus. Not the Jesus of the feel good moments, but the Jesus who is now heading to the cross. The previous passages point to this, and the actions of Jesus from this point lead to this. It is always and only about Jesus, crucified and risen in God’s ultimate act of redemption.
As God’s people surely it’s time we stop believing the myth that churches need to be a multitasking smorgasbord of programs. Surely it time to stop trying to do everything, and ending up achieving nothing. Our one and only goal should be the relationship we have with Jesus. Listening to Him and His voice as it comes to us through the Bible. Praying and worshipping Him for who He is and what He has done. Rather than being like Peter and doing things we think are worthwhile, we need to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen. We need to invite each other to do the same. For in the end it has always been, and only ever is, about Jesus.
In a world that is frazzled by the chaos of a multitasking lifestyle, where we try to do too many things and never really do one thing well, there is a message of hope we offer. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and only by fixing our eyes on him do we find true peace. Only in Him do we realise that God’s love empowers us to be more than the over-worked, frazzled, and chaotic people the world says we should be. We as God’s people have one task, to invite others to sit and listen to the only voice that matters, Jesus