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Whom Do You Say?

January 17, 2012 by  
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“He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?” (Matthew 16:15)

Think about it, who do YOU say He is? Simon Peter had the perfect answer, one which had been revealed to him by the Father in heaven—the only TRUE answer.

Have you noticed lately that, in one way or another, Christianity or Christians always seem to end up in even the most casual conversations? Either people are mocking us, making fun of our moral convictions, using Christ’s name in vain, or something. The fact is, the name of Jesus Christ is probably the most misused and abused name ever!

We’re hearing hearing more and more about God these days—non-Christians work hard to try to prove to us they’re “ok” without all the peripheral nonsense of morality, honesty, faithfulness. People everywhere are searching for inner peace, but, unfortunately, many (if not most) are seeking on their own terms, creating a “god” that fits their personal mold and their individual lifestyle, meeting their immediate need for “peace”. Some even appear to have some religious and/or morally aptitude, but they fail to acknowledge that Jesus Christ alone is the Son of the living God.

As Christians, we recognize these individuals and feel sorry for them because they have been caught in a delusion. But, all too often we are found guilty of doing things similar to those which we accuse them of doing, but in a much more subtle way. We hide our secret sins, we make excuses for our behavior, we justify our unholy lifestyles, we form an “image” of God in our mind who won’t stretch us too far or require too much of us outside our comfort zone. And, that’s just the tip of the iceburg.

We need to make a decision. We cannot serve Him halfway; we cannot live a pseudo-Christian lifestyle. The question Jesus posed to Simon Peter is the same question He is asking us today: “Whom do you say that I am?” Of course, we will answer “correctly”, but does our lifestyle bear witness to our confession?

Take some time today and ask God to reveal areas where you have failed to allow Him to have full control. Surrender to Him completely! Only then will you be able to answer the question as Simon Peter did without a moment’s hesitation: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God”.

Remember, He’s either Lord of all, or He’s not Lord at all!

Father, there are indeed areas of my life that have not been totally surrendered to you. I have truly fallen short of Your glory, not just once or twice, but over and over again. I want so much to be wholly Yours—holy yours, totally and completely! I want to declare You as Lord of my WHOLE life. I want to please You in all I do, all I say, in my lifestyle, in my behavior and attitudes. Help me, Father, to totally surrender to You so You will be glorified in my life today and every day! Lord, I love You and I want You more than anything! Amen!

“And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10)

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