“But what about you?” he asked, “Who do you say I am?”
I cannot even begin to guess how many times I have read this scripture. “But what about you?” he asked, “Who do you say I am?” This time, however, when I read it something hit me like a ton of bricks. Something that made it much more real.
I noticed Jesus was not talking to the crowd when He asked this question. He did not ask it of unbelievers. He questioned the ones he considered his closest friends and followers. Jesus brought this question to his very own disciples.
Whoa! What implication does that have for me? As a believer, He asks ME the same question. “But what about YOU? Who do YOU say that I am?”
I would describe Him as my redeemer, my strength, my rock, my deliverer, my all. If I believe that though, do my actions show my mindset to the world? Do I live out that belief?
How about when I get aggravated easily? What about gossiping around a meal table when others gossip just to be a part of the group? Do I put things off until the last minute thus causing myself a heightened sense of anxiety as my tasks build up?
Have I shown kindness, forgiveness, and love to others? Have I said thank you? Have I smiled instead of frowned? Does my body language betray or confirm what I believe? Can others tell by looking at me who I say Jesus is?
I now find I need to ask myself that question many times during the day. What about me? Who do I say that He is? Am I living out that belief in my words and actions?
What about me?
Lord, I pray that others will see more of You in me with each passing day. I pray that it will be obvious to those around me what I believe about You.