The disciples have been walking with Jesus for some time and then one day, Jesus pops the question… Lol. Now, I’m not talking about a proposal.
He asks them, “Wait a minute. Who do people say I am?”
“Oooooh!” The disciples exclaim, “That’s easy. People say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets…”
Ooolala! It was pretty easy for the disciples to repeat what they had heard. That didn’t take any effort. People talk all the time about stuff, whether they have the 411 or not.
A lot of us do that. We talk about a God we’ve heard about, not a God we know and have encountered.
However Jesus did not stop there. He went a step further. “How about you who have been with me all the while. Who do you say I am?”
Now the cat definitely got their tongues. They had been with him for a while but curiously, they didn’t really know him.
However the guy everyone least expected had a revelation and spoke out, “You are the Messiah. The son of the living God.”
Jesus confirmed this by saying, “Simon, flesh and blood has not revealed this to you. But my Father in heaven.”
And something wonderful happened afterwards. Jesus revealed Simon’s identity. An ordinary fisherman discovered that day that there was more to him. He was actually a big deal cause he had a great destiny.
Jesus said, “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Identity is very important. It’s what defines who you are and what you’re about. Truth is, we all have special identities and missions here on earth. But you gotta discover the inventor of your identity to know your identity.
As we walk with Jesus, we should seek to know Him more, who He is, what He represents and what He can do. Once we know Jesus, our identities are also revealed, and when we begin to walk in the consciousness of our identities, we are on our way to fulfilling our divine mandate.
Peter did and became one of the greatest elders of the first church… There are more grounds to cover now more than ever.
Enjoy your week!