WEEK 10

February 2 – February 8

DAILY READINGS

Sunday

Luke 9:28-36

Monday

Luke 9:37-62; Psalm 33:1-6; Proverbs 4:7-9

Tuesday

Matthew 19:1-30; Psalm 33:7-13; Proverbs 4:10-12

Wednesday

Matthew 20:1-34; Psalm 33:14-22; Proverbs 4:13-15

Thursday

Matthew 21:1-27; Psalm 34:1-5; Proverbs 4:16-19

Friday

Luke 10:1-24; Psalm 34:6-14; Proverbs 4:20-23

Saturday

Luke 10:25-37; Psalm 34:15-22; Proverbs 4:24-27

DEVOTIONAL: READ LUKE 9:28-36

In Luke 9, some of Jesus’ closest disciples shared in the significant, miraculous, and glorious experience of seeing Jesus transfigured on a mountaintop. As they were with Him praying, Jesus’ appearance began to change, and His clothes became a radiant white. Moses and Elijah appeared and spoke with Jesus about what He was about to do in Jerusalem.

In the few verses just before this, Jesus had explained to His disciples that He would be rejected by the religious authorities, killed, and resurrected. He told them that they too would die for His cause. While Jesus’ message was also one of hope, the disciples were in need of encouragement after such a heavy revelation.

What better encouragement could there be than seeing a manifestation of Jesus’ glory on a mountaintop! They saw the prophets they had heard about their whole lives appear. They heard God say that Jesus is His Son and to listen to Him!

Peter, in particular, had an incredible spiritual experience and didn’t want to leave. Yet, the moment ended, and they went back down the mountain.

Like Peter, we often want to stay in our spiritual mountaintop experiences forever. Yet those moments pass, and we are sent back out into the world. Don’t be discouraged when feelings from a spiritual experience are fleeting. Be thankful for what you are able to experience and be motivated by it. When we experience Jesus being glorified, may we be encouraged to live for His mission in our daily lives. Like the disciples, we will face hardship as we follow Christ. Like the disciples, we should listen to Jesus, God’s Son. May we see Jesus glorified and be encouraged to go out into the world for Him!

REFLECTION

Have you ever had a spiritual “mountaintop experience”? How did that experience (those experiences) make you feel?

What keeps you spiritually motivated in your daily life?

Who could you encourage this week in their spiritual life? Have you seen evidence of Jesus working in someone’s life recently? Find a way to encourage them this week.

DISCUSSION

What has encouraged you lately?

PRAYER

Jesus, the image of God invisible, the Word made flesh, I long to see You as You are. Open my eyes to see You. I want to see Your beauty and be moved by Your sacrifice. Help me to see Your glory made manifest in Your life, death, and resurrection. Help me to see Your glory as You move in my life and the world.

Jesus, the only begotten Son of the Father, I long to hear You speak. Open my ears to hear You. Help me to listen to Your voice. Help me to abide by Your instruction. Remind me by Your Spirit of everything You have taught. Speak to me through Your Scriptures.

Jesus, first-born over all creation, Maker of Heaven and Earth, open my heart to wonder. I want to meditate on Your power and Your awesome work. Help me to ponder Your work in stillness and quiet. Fill me with awe for everything You have made and how You have redeemed Your people.

Fill me with Your Spirit every day and encourage me with Your presence. Use me to reveal Yourself to others, that Your glory would be known in all the earth. Amen.

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