DATE POSTED Friday, 2022-03-04
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: Matthew 16:13-17
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)
BIBLE TEXT: 13 When Jesus came to Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who are the people saying I am?”
14 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist; some, Elijah; some, Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”
15 Then he asked them, “Who do you think I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “The Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 “God has blessed you, Simon, son of Jonah,” Jesus said, “for my Father in heaven has personally revealed this to you—this is not from any human source.
APPLICATION: A good exercise before you read my comments on today’s Scripture, might be to stop – no music, no electronic devices near you, and away from all company, as you respond to the question by Jesus ‘Who do you say I am?’ An awesome follow-up to that exercise, might be to stop and ask yourself what others might say in response to that question, basing their response on what they see in you each day through your words and actions. I’m afraid that this is where many of us might be challenged, for I believe that our actions might reveal a Lord that might look much like the image of Santa Claus, for we constantly brag about all that He have given to us in response to our constant begging or even our charitable actions. I believe the whole idea behind these exercises is to help us determine the difference between our ‘head’ knowledge and our ‘heart-felt’ relational feelings about who God is. As I meditated on this, my mind went on preparations that church leaders make when preparing for revival services. What if church leaders took a poll of it’s members with this question by Jesus? Don’t you know that the revival evangelist would have no problem in finding sermon topics for the period of his visit? What if we did a time of inflection at the end of each day as we reflected on our words and actions, and evaluated the answers we gave to this question that day to those around us? How much time will we mark off for our time with Jesus each evening as we sobbed our way through the failures and/or regrets? Friends, who do you say Jesus is? How do you live out Jesus’ character and teachings in your life? Considering the fact that Jesus knows every word, action and thought, how might we respond to Him directly right now about who we think He is? For the world to see who Jesus is through the way we live, what might we have to change?
BLESSING(S) NOTED: Jesus said that His Father gave Peter personal insight into who Jesus is. I believe He can do the same for us if we seek Him and want to know Him intimately!
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, through Your invitation I accepted You as Lord and Savior of my life. I am convinced from Your Word that You would have me know You more intimately, but I need Your grace and I acknowledge that I will need to look beyond what I might expect You to do for me in return. My readers and listeners must look inwardly and answer Your question personally and with an unselfish heart. Please speak boldly to all those who might be reminded of You today. Challenge them with the question You personally asked those closest to You – Your disciples. May each of us not only answer because of our head-knowledge of who You are, but may we also dig deep inside and share our deepest thoughts with You – the One who sacrificed Your very own life for us, so that we might one day bow before You and the Father in heaven. Thank You for Your love and for Your sacrifice. Please help us to share that with everyone we encounter here on earth. AMEN!
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