Today I was reading from Luke 9:18-22 and the question that stuck out to me was, “Who do you say I am?”
Jesus, in the passage before that just fed five thousand people with five loaves and two fish. It says he was praying in private and his disciples were with him.
During that time, he asks them a question: “Who do the crowds say I am?”
You read them giving a list of answers such as John the Baptist, Elijah, and a prophet from long ago.
Then Jesus asks them the question, “Who do you say I am?”
“The Christ of God.”
How can you not say that after the miracles you saw, and the areas He touched in your own lives?
But what about me?
If Jesus, at this very moment, asked me the question, “Who do you say I am?”, how would I answer?
At first, when I read these verses, I wasn’t going to answer. I was going to move on with my hunky dorky little life and just let it be.
It’s easier that way, isn’t it? I’ve read this story before. It’s routine.
But, really, once I identify who He is to me I have to believe it and walk in it, right?
So I wrote the question on the paper and began to list who Jesus was. That wasn’t easy at first, but one I started going, I realized I had been missing a lot of what my heart needed.
I realized Jesus was my everything! He is amazing! He is faithful! He is a promise keeper! He is Trustworthy! He is able! Where in the world have I been? Why don’t I act out what I believe?
And then I started to think what would the “crowd” say? Who would they think Jesus was?
Who is the crowd of now?
People who thought they were following the right way. Maybe family and friends who never looked into Jesus, or just know him partially and probably read what I did and go no further. People who never even heard of Him.
The list of their answers to who Jesus is may look something like what I wrote on this paper.
I might add magician to that. Sorcerer. Maybe even a “Who?”
Think about that for awhile. Do people KNOW him, or just say they do?
My question to you is: Who do you say Jesus is?
Because what you say is not what you are showing in your life. Learn from me. We need to believe these things with all that we are.
If we believe he is our Father, Savior, Spirit, Friend, Mentor, Confidante, Protector, Provider, Lover, All-in-All, Commander, Teacher, Creator, and King, then we need to walk, believe and live it. Saying or writing it means nothing without really taking hold of the truth.
What do you believe? What are you actually showing you believe?
Be inspired today!