Hey everybody. Today's thoughts are short and sweet - well, short anyway. The lectionary passages for today (which can be found here: http://gamc.pcusa.org/devotion/daily/2010/10/14/ ) include a passage from Luke 9. In this passage Jesus draws the disciples away and asks who people say that he is. They give a variety of answers, but he presses the question: who do YOU say that I AM?
Jesus then gets the answer that he is looking for and that is correct, from Peter, 'You are the Messiah of God'.
I believe this question is being asked of each of us this day. Who do you say that Jesus is?
Who do you say that Jesus is by the way you do your job or attend to your studies?
Who do you say that Jesus is by the way you treat the people you encounter in our service economy (fast food workers, store clerks, workers at the gas station or the grocery store)?
Who do you say that Jesus is by the way you treat and interact with your family?
Who do you say that Jesus is when you are all alone and no one is watching what you are doing?
Who do you say that Jesus is by the way you spend your time?
Who do you say that Jesus is by the way you talk with your friends?
Who do you say that Jesus is by the way you spend your money?
Why is how you answer this question (in all its varieties, in all these situations) so important?
Because who you say Jesus is maybe the only definition of Jesus that some may ever encounter. Will your answer intrigue them? Will your answer draw those around you into a relationship with Jesus Christ or will it convince them that Jesus isnt' worth the time, energy or the commitment?
Who do you say Jesus is?
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