For my life to glorify the Father, I need to be in the position to hear Jesus and observe how He lived out His life on the earth.
While Jesus spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; HEAR you Him. (Matthew 17:5)
Neither you nor I were present that day on the mount of transfiguration, but what the disciples witnessed was not for them alone, but for everyone that desires to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
To be a disciple of Jesus Christ, we must actively imitate both the life and teachings of Jesus. We must identify with Jesus, and follow Jesus, whether it is popular or not. Daily we must stand for all Jesus stands for.
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If you continue in My Word, then are you, My disciples, indeed; And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8 v 31-32.)
To be a disciple of Jesus Christ, it takes more than merely saying a sinners prayer. Jesus taught to become a disciple; we must continue in His Word. So the reverse is true if we do not continue in His Word, then we are not a disciple of Christ.
On the Mount of Transfiguration, the disciples heard the voice of The Father, and the Father gave His testimony of His Son, by declaring “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased; HEAR you Him.” ( Matthew 17 v 5 )
From this encounter with the Father, the disciples were given the clear way of how to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ; they were to hear His Words, Words that proceed straight from the heart of the Father through His Son, pure and unadulterated!
For I did not speak from Myself, but the Father Himself, having sent Me, gave Me a commandment, what I should say and what I should speak. (John:12:49)
Below are scriptures relating to what Jesus said about His Word and being His disciples.
Jesus answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
Matthew 7v 24-27
Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that hears these sayings of Mine, and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and Jesus cast out the spirits with His Word, and healed all that were sick:
When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom and understands it not, then comes the wicked one, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the wayside. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the Word, and immediately with joy receive it; Yet has he no root in himself, but endures for a while: for when tribulation or persecution arises because of the Word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the Word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the Word, and he becomes unfruitful.
But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the Word, and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Matthew 24v 35
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away.
Making the Word of God of none effect through your tradition, which you have delivered: and many such like things do you.
Mark 8 38
Whosoever, therefore, shall be ashamed of Me and of My Words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.
And they went forth and preached everywhere, the Lord working with, and confirming the Word with signs following.
And they were astonished at His doctrine: for His Word was with power.
Luke 6 v 47 -49
Whosoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings, and does them, I will show you to whom he is like, He is like a man which built a house, and dug deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that hear, and does not, is like a man that without a foundation built a house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.
And Jesus answered and said unto them, My mother and My brethren are these which hear the Word of God and do it.
But Jesus said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it.
Luke 24 v 44
And Jesus said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning Me.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears My Word, and believes on Him that sent Me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 5 47
But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe My Words?
It is the Spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing: the Words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If you continue in My Word, then are you, My disciples, indeed;
I know that you are Abraham’s seed, but you seek to kill Me because My Word has no place in you.
John 8 v 43
Why do you not understand My speech? even because you cannot hear My Word
John 8 v 51-
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keeps My saying, he shall never see death.
John 12v 47-48
And if any man hears My Words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejects Me, and receives not My Words, has one that judges him: the Word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
John 14 v 23-24
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man loves Me, he will keep My Words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him. He that loves Me not keeps not My sayings: and the Word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s which sent Me.
Now you are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you.
John 15 v 7
If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you.
Remember the Word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also.
I have manifested your name unto the men which You gave me out of the world: Thine they were, and You gave them Me, and they have kept Your Word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever You have given Me are of You. For I have given unto them the Words which You gave Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from You, and they have believed that You did send me.
Sanctify them through Your truth: Your Word is truth.
Matthew 10v 24-25
The disciple is not above his Master, nor the servant above his Lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his Master and the servant as his Lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of His household?
And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
Go you, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
And when He had called the people unto Him with His disciples also, He said unto them, Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Luke 14 v27
And whoever does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.