What would you do to spend one day with Jesus?

John Peter Burnand

Mark 9:2

“What are you willing to be in order to spend one day with Jesus?”

Mark 9:2 says, “Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them.”

Why did He take only three disciples? Why did Jesus not take all 12 of His disciples with Him? That is what I asked when I first read this verse. I wondered if Judas might have changed his heart if Jesus took him also. After some thought I have come to understand that Jesus knew these men were the strongest leaders of the 12. I have also come to understand that as a leader we must place our focus where it will do the most good.

During my time in the Navy and yes, even as a pastor, I have come to understand the 80-20 Rule or Pareto’s Principle. This is where 20 percent of the people do about 80 percent of the work. In Pareto’s case it also meant 20 percent of the people owned 80 percent of the wealth. You can apply the 80/20 Rule to almost anything – from the science of management to the physical world. And, yes, this principle even applies to the church. This is contrary to what the New Testament teaches. Paul points out that every one of us is a part of the body and has a place and a responsibility based on our call and gift. The problem with most local churches is that they reflect the Pareto Principle.

1 Corinthians 12:12-14 says, “12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.”

Our goal as a church must be to find each person’s passion. When a person pursues their passion in ministry, they are like those in Isaiah 40:31, “whose strength is renewed, who mount up with the wings of eagles; who run and do not become weary; who walk and do not grow faint.” Indeed, when a person is working within their passion and calling, it is unthinkable for them to even consider quitting.

So I am asking you again, “What are you willing to be in order to spend one day with Jesus?”

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