When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Matthew 16:13-15 (NIV)
It’s the beginning of another week! Aren’t you glad to be here to see another Monday? I’m sure you are and so there’s lots to be grateful for as we start on another day above ground 🙂
As we look ahead, I am confirming my strong belief that we will all try to live our lives by setting a good example while being true to our core values and principles. It’s normal to actively do our best most of the time; to be committed to our jobs, our church and our families by our actions and words, yet there are those among us who would try to paint a totally different picture (also known as “distorters of the truth”).
No-one knows who you are better than you but don’t you hate it when someone accuses you of deliberately being dishonest, of telling lies on them, or of trying to set them up so you can look better? What about when your child or spouse accuses you of not loving them or of choosing your career over family time? How does it feel when your co-worker or a fellow believer thinks you are undependable or are sure you are being deliberately unreasonable for not committing to being a ‘cheerful giver’ of your time or resources?
You may not be able to relate, but if you can, you know how difficult it can be to change someone’s mind about you especially when they think they have all the facts. It is worse when you know for sure that this person they are speaking about is so not you!
In Matthew 16 we see that people thought Jesus was John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or one of the prophets; anyone else but the son of God. Jesus however was more concerned that those closest to him i.e. his disciples, knew who he really was: God’s Messiah. Luckily for us Jesus didn’t only know who he was, he knew the reason for being among us.
God knows the real deep down you … but do you know who you are? Do those closest to you know the real you? Are your actions and words symbolic of who you want people to believe that you are? Even if you are not entirely sure in this present moment of your life remember that Jesus is the only way, the only truth and the only life; he will help you find the answers you are looking for and keep you on track to being an authentic and wonderful you … I promise!