And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart (Matthew 17:1).
Jesus Christ was sent to all men. He had multitudes follow Him for different reasons. Of those multitude, there were 120 who prayed in the upper room after His ascension. He had 70 disciples that He called disciples. He had twelve apostles, but only three of them went up on the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus. They received a greater revelation.
We grow into different levels of relationship with the Lord depending on our dedication and consecration to Him. How much does God mean to you? How much of you has decreased and how much of Him has increased?
I know Jesus took Peter, James, and John up with Him because these three supported the Lord and followed Him more closely than the others. I know in our entitlement society where all want to receive on an equal basis, whether it is earned or not, this doesn’t fit well. The Lord Jesus Christ believed in rewarding those who supported Him, followed Him closely, and wanted to see His ministry expand.
If you make the will of God the center of your life, not your will and desires the center, you are going to see the blessings and increase of God show up. God is going to bless you more than those that are just Sunday pew sitters. The world loves trends. If you look at the men and women of God from the past, our spiritual mothers and fathers, you can see a trend that those who wanted more of God and paid the price to be with Him – they received an increase in the blessings of God.
Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. I’m not saying they were the richest, but that does come along with it sometimes. The blessings of God are not limited to natural corruptible things like money. The blessings of God are manifested in the power and presence of God showing up in your life and ministry.
Those who wanted more of God were rewarded by getting more of God. Those who didn’t want more of God were not rewarded. Jesus did not take away from those who were faithful and deserved a position and give it to those who were unfaithful. He did not believe in this false equality that you hear propagated so much.
Jesus Christ believed in rewarding those who supported Him and followed Him closely. If you want the blessings of God – the real blessings – then die to self, pay the price, and spend time with God. It doesn’t cost. It pays.