by Faye Schmidt
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When they became fully awake, they saw his glory (Luke 9:32).
How often in Scripture do we read of significant events in the life of Jesus when the disciples are asleep. From being in the boat on the Sea of Galilee when a storm arose to the Garden of Gethsemane on the eve of Jesus’ crucifixion. And here we are again. Jesus goes to pray – and the disciples go to sleep.
Christ is revealed in his glory, with Moses and Elijah beside him ‘in glorious splendour’ – and Peter, James and John are asleep. They slept through it and didn’t see it.
But what about us? Are we asleep also, missing out on seeing God at work in his world through others around us? Are we not seeing God revealed in his glory?
In Matthew 25, Jesus speaks of the separation of the sheep and goats at judgement, and he tells those on his right, they will be blessed by his Father because, ‘I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink’.
The righteous then answered him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?’ (verse 37).
We do not see when we are asleep. But our text today doesn’t just say that the disciples woke up; they became ‘fully’ awake. It is not enough to just not be asleep but to be alive to what is around us, seeing with sensitivity, alertness and anticipation as to what we may see. Ready to see whatever God through Christ places before us at any moment so that we may see his glory, see the need of others and serve him.
Dear Jesus, I am sorry for when I am asleep and am not seeing you. I pray that the Holy Spirit will open my eyes and heart to see you in the needs of others that I may serve you and see your glory so I may worship and praise you. Amen.