READ: Mark 9:2-13 (esp. v8)
- Loosely translated, verse 8 says, “no longer…no one…except…only.” Four words that lead to the conclusion that Jesus is all that is left. Before God’s voice, there is Moses, Elijah and Jesus. After God’s voice, there is only Jesus. The message is not hard to understand. God says, “This is my beloved Son, listen to Him.” Look around and all the voices are gone. It’s a pretty simple message.
- But it’s not an easy message. We are called to listen to Jesus only. We get thousands of messages every day. Billboards, TV/radio ads, internet-ads specialized according to your last Google search, relentlessly come throughout the day. People speak—bosses, spouses, teachers, salespeople—and we hear their voices. The opportunity to be influenced is unlimited in its breadth and depth.
- But, we are called to listen to just one voice; Jesus only. Practically speaking, we can’t shut out all the voices. But, of necessity, we have to be selective. We listen only to God’s voice in Jesus. Even if it’s a popular teacher/speaker (even one of our own preaching teams), it must be evaluated against the voice of Jesus. If what others say does not agree with what we already know about Jesus—we choose Jesus. There is no other option.
- Who are your favorite voices? An entertainer? Talk show host? Preacher?
- Describe a time when you succumbed to the voice of someone other than Jesus. What was the outcome?
- Why do think the voice of Jesus must dominate?
PRAY: Thank God for Jesus and His words. Pray for ears that can hear the voice of God in Jesus. Commit yourself to be discerning among the voices that engage you.