We all have days of reckoning. Days when we are confronted with a question…Do you really believe in what you think you believe in?
18 One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him, and he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
19 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other ancient prophets risen from the dead.” – Luk 9:18-19 NLT
Jesus never asks a question without a particular purpose…
20 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah sent from God!” – Luk 9:20 NLT
Jesus asked these two questions to those who were closest to him. These men had seen Jesus do many miracles, and in this moment He chooses to ask.
When it all is said and done, it will not matter who others say Jesus is. It will not matter what other people think about Jesus. On that day when you stand before Him, the only thing that will matter is what your answer was while you walked the earth.
If you really believe what you say you believe, your life will show the proof. Jesus requires more than just lip service.
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.
25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.
26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?
27 For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds.– Mat 16:24-27 NLT
We live in a culture and time that tempts and tries to draw us into the very things Jesus declares we must not take part in. The culture that surrounds us is a ME driven culture, and it requires your undivided attention. The same is true for the Kingdom of Heaven. As a follower of Jesus, we must cast everything aside and truly let our life be the megaphone in which the culture and world around us see Jesus.
God will come and judge you not on whether you claimed to believe in Jesus as the Messiah, but rather if your life reflected that reality!