“Who do people say the son of Man is?” [Matthew 16:13] Jesus asked. This particular verse made me ponder and reflect. Why would the Lord do a fact check on the knowledge of his disciples? why did the proclamation and the declaration of his followers necessitate an acknowledgment. It is written in Romans 10:9 “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”. This proves the importance not only in what you believe, but on what you say about what you believe.
Matthew 10:33 says “But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven”. This again demonstrates that we as believers need to actively proclaim our faith in Christ and understand who he is. In our daily lives when we meet people and form relationships we acknowledge who they are (as far as we know), and if we introduce them to someone we may also give them a title and perhaps a short biography to gain the confidence of whom we are introducing. Lets now ask ourselves this question “is this our case for Christ?”
In this current season where uncertainty is dominant in the world, what are we as Christians doing? Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”. With this in mind are we demonstrating assurance in what we do not see? Are we winning souls for Christ or do we succumb to the despair of the world.
During this season God has been shining his light upon certain areas of my life that I didn’t know was in darkness. To start off with I realised that I in fact didn’t know who Christ really was and the meaning of the cross in relation to my life. Throughout my Christian life I was collecting second hand information that lacked the power to penetrate the fleshly life I was living. I wasn’t proclaiming my faith in Christ amongst pagans due to my belief that my words would’ve proved intransigent in certain environments. Once I started reading the word God began to reveal his nature; his love, kindness and patience amongst many others. But this did not mean that I would take advantage of his kindness but to use it fuel my desire to declare that Christ is my Lord and savior. This is important to first understand because you can’t persuade people of something if you aren’t persuaded yourself, and belief it or not this is apparent in the way you live your life.
..You can’t persuade people of something if you aren’t persuaded yourself
I believe this is a new season for everyone where for some faith has been tested in the fire. Nonetheless this is the moment to really ask yourself who do I say Christ is? We need to know and understand who He is, and our calling. So that we can receive what he has reserved for us for his glory!