“What About You?”
By Zach Wood
Matthew 16:13-16 NIV
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Recently our pastor at church brought this passage up in his sermon and it just got me thinking a lot. It got me thinking about how I view God. What are my feelings about Him? What do I think of Him? Who is He to me? What value is He in my life? Who do I say He is?
When we are young, we learn from our parent’s faith a lot and kind of live faith through them. We rely on them for a lot of things and trust that they will help us make good decisions. However, there comes a time when we have to start thinking for ourselves and make decisions that we feel are best for our walk with Christ. There comes a time when we have to decide how we are going to look at God and figure some things out on our own. It’s not easy to do, but God wants us to do this.
Jesus asked this question first about what others thought about Him. Then He turns the question to them about who they think He is. He doesn’t want them to think only about what others say He is, but He wants them to think for themselves.
It is important that each of us considers who Jesus is. Don’t go along with the crowd. Don’t just go with someone’s answer because it sounds cool. Think about who God is to you. Who is He personally to you? What does He mean to you? Don’t spend your live living your faith through other people. You must have your own faith and belief in who He says He is. Have your own quiet time with Him. Pray to Him. Seek Him. Ask Him to reveal Himself more and more to you.
“What About You?” That’s a very important question. Think about it every day. Who is Jesus to you? Who do you say He is? Do you believe He is who He says He is? Talk to Him. Be honest with Him. And, when you’re presented with a situation where someone asks you about the faith you have, you can answer confidently that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God.
I remember making this confession of faith before a crowd of people when I gave my life to Christ and was baptized. I confessed before a crowd that I wanted to make Him Lord of my life. Every day, I need to continue to ask myself what He means to me. Who do I say He is today? Who do you say He is today?