Scripture to reflect upon for Thirsty Thursday: Matthew 16:15-16
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
I am fully reminded today just how often Jesus needs to keep asking us this question: “But what about you? Who do you say I am?” Over and over He asks us because for some reason we need to be reassured and reminded. And we should always be ready to declare who He is.
I had a very disturbing debate today on facebook with someone who absolutely HATED God. He claimed that he didn’t believe in God at all, but further conversations led to statements of absolute disdain and hate towards God. He was resistant to hear what I had to say about anything on the topic we were discussing, and instead continued to spew hate at me. Eventually he became so vulgar that he literally wished that my children would “become gay so I could hate them in the lord,” as he put it.
I had to stop and pray right there. I had to pray for this guy’s soul and ask God to reveal Himself to this person. I also had to rebuke the enemy’s disgusting and tasteless lies in Jesus’ name. I had to reassure myself who Jesus is in my life. He is the authority over all principalities!
I know this conversation seemed incredibly crude and rotten, but it did something deep in my soul. It stirred up a love and compassion for Christ like I haven’t felt in a very long time! And I heard Jesus asking me, “Who do you say I am?” not out confusion, and not in a demanding tone, but in a righteous anger, insisting I know who HE is and resist the master of lies and deception. He is asking me loudly to announce who He is in ME!!
I am saved. I made new. I am loved and whole. I am cleansed of my past. I have power, love and self-control. I am a child of God.
Even Jesus found Himself in useless debates with the Pharisees. He tried to get them to see, to understand, to believe, but they were already determined NOT to see, not to understand and to never believe. Nothing Jesus said or did would change their minds, but He tried. And when He realized they would never change, He abruptly ended the conversation and merely walked away.
“Who do you say I am?” Jesus asks.
NOTE TO SELF: Tell Jesus right now: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Let that sink in today and see how that will quench your desire to know God more.