Matthew 16:15 – Who Do YOU Say That I Am?
He said to them, â€œBut who do you say that I am?â€ ~ Matthew 16:15
Who do YOU say that I am?
When Jesus asked his disciples this question, He was not suffering from insecurity or wanting to be self-affirmed. He already knew what was in the heart of man and did not concern himself with their opinion (John 2:23-25). No, he was wanting them to recognize the revelation given from the Father about whom He was, just like Peter proclaimed â€œYou are the Christ, the son of the living God!â€ (Matthew 16:13-17)
Popular opinion from humanity does not bring much in the way of trust. In fact, sometimes it is easier to see what the Father is NOT doing by watching to see what everyone else IS doing. We just experienced a painful election year where candidates spoke promises and rhetoric, all the while somewhere in our hearts existed a feeling that the promises would probably turn up empty and vain.
The unfortunate thing about the words we speak is that they turn up empty and vain. Often times our actions do not line up with what we have spoken. We all know the saying â€œYour actions speak louder than your wordsâ€.
The world has heard what we as the Church have to say, but our actions often times are no different than the rest of the world. Many times there is no discernable difference between the professing Christian and the lost world in the way that we conduct ourselves. The way that we speak, the jokes we tell or the things in which we participate. This should break our hearts and cause us to deeply repent!
Could it be said that â€œWho we say Christ isâ€ by our actions is not necessarily an actual representation of who He is? Let us be careful that we donâ€™t let our actions nullify the message that Christ is wanting to speak to us.
So, Who do You say that HE is; a man of harsh judgment and fluffy religious talk, or Christ, the Messiah that came to bring salvation, hope, abundant life and power over darkness?
~ Jeffrey Gillum