There is the Transfiguration, there is also the coming down from the mountain (9:28-37).
There is the call – but it comes with challenges. There is the up-in-the-cloud experience, there will also be the down-to-earth reality.
The crowd marveled- “were amazed” - at the miracles of Jesus; but they also missed His message of the cross (9:38-45).
The disciples yearned for the glory of greatness; but they also stumbled over the simplicity of service (9:46-48).
James and John got it right and had power and gifting; but they got it all wrong when they had no love for people (9:49-56).
The people on the road declared, “Yes Lord I will follow you wherever you go”; but they also said, “Lord, please let me go first to . . . and then I will come.” (9:57-62)
Jesus wants us to choose Him every day; but He also cautions, “. . . but the son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
Our living comes with the dying.
The higher way has the harder roads.
You want the Master; don’t miss the mission.
You want the rewards; but do you know the reality?