Luke 9:32 – “Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.”
Two young boys were discussing what their teacher said to them, one said “she said I was filled with apathy toward school. ”
The other one replied, “apathy what’s apathy? ”
To which the first one said, “I don’t know and I don’t care. ”
Even though that’s only a joke it illustrates the lives of many people today: lives filled up with apathy. Apathetic and uncaring toward so many things. School, work, friendships, family relationships, church, sometimes we are even apathetic towards God Himself. We all struggle with being apathetic from time to time.
In Luke’s Gospel Jesus takes some of His disciples up on the Mount of Transfiguration with Him. They are extremely privileged but they don’t even know it. They are getting to get a glimpse of the glory of God, yet they don’t know it and because of that in the quiet peacefulness of the mountain they find themselves on the verge of sleep. Here they are on the verge of seeing something amazing, and they just simply go to sleep.
I can’t help but wonder if we don’t experience the same thing, we sleep walk through worship on Sundays and in reality sometimes during all of life. We become apathetic and when we do we miss out. Peter and the other disciples were that way and they almost missed out on seeing the power and the majesty of God. The Bible says they were heavy with sleep. In other words they we almost out but then something happened God in His grace showed them a glimpse of His glory. And guess what happened? It woke them up.
The glory of God exploded their apathy, it shook them from sleep and they became fully awake. In fact as they glimpsed the glory of God they became fully alive. When we see God’s glory it does that to us, it wakes us up, it transforms our apathy, it makes us awake and alive. However for that to happen, we have to be looking. God’s glory is all around us but in our apathy sometimes we go through life with our eyes closed.
Perhaps we should pray, “God open my eyes,” because when He does we will see His glory. We will see it in the eyes of a child, we will see it in our relationships, we will see it when we gather for worship, we will see it as people offer “drinks of cold water” in His name, we will see it in the snow and the wind. We will see it in the beauty of the flowers and we will see it in the bright sunshine and then in the changing of the leaves. As one theologian said, “every blade of grass declares the glory of God. ”
We can see His glory in all of these places and a million more and if we are followers of Jesus we have at least the next trillion years to celebrate His glory. The greatest place we see His glory however, the most glorious place of His glory is on the cross of Calvary. For it was there on that cross, that Jesus the Son of God gave His very life for me. It was there that He shed every drop of blood to take away my sin.
A song asks the question, “were you there when they crucified my Lord?” I wasn’t there but my sin was and thanks be to God that He nailed that sin to the cross and because of that one day I can see the glory of God face to face.
As I think about this in can’t help but pray, “o God wake us up, shake us out of our apathy, and let us see your glory. Let us not only see it but let us reflect it to the world around us, living with the theme to God be the glory. “