Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” Matthew 17:4
Jesus took three of his closest disciples to a remote place high up on a mountain. It was there that they saw Jesus “transfigured” before their very eyes. The glory of God radiated from Him. They had never seen Him like this before. They were amazed!
And not only was Jesus transfigured but Moses and Elijah also appeared. The disciples were thinking it couldn’t get any better than this. In fact, Peter suggested to Jesus that he construct shelters (tabernacles) so that this meeting could last longer. They didn’t want this moment to end.
Why didn’t they want it to end? There something about growing intimate with God that makes you want to know Him more. As you grow deeper in your relationship with Jesus, you just don’t want the moment of intimacy to end. Sometimes it’s reflected in your life when you find yourself actually worshipping rather than merely attending a worship service. At other times, during a devotional time, you find yourself unable to put your Bible down because you’ve got to know more…right now!
We all need to grow spiritually. As a “fisher of men” grows closer to God, it becomes easier to talk about Him to others. The more real He becomes to you, the more you want to talk about Him.
Those intimate moments are intended to propel you toward others who haven’t connected with Jesus yet. Beware of the temptation to spend all your time alone with God and away from others. You’ll notice that Jesus never answered Peter’s suggestion to “make three tabernacles.” In fact, God the Father used the moment to clarify who Jesus was and then had Jesus lead Peter and the others back down the mountain to where everyone else was. It was time to continue telling the story. It was time to share the Gospel with others.
“Fishers of men” need to spend time daily alone with Jesus but also need to pass on what they learn, AS THEY LEARN IT. What have you been learning? Isn’t it about time to pass that on to somebody else?!