Some 2000 years ago, Jesus asked the disciples a question that would come to define the Christian faith: who do you say that I AM? (emphasis mine).
Matthew 16.13-15 (NKJV) “When Jesus came into the region of Ceasarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Jesus’ question in this passage is multi-faceted. On the one hand, Jesus is asking the disciples about their spoken testimony. Who do their words say that He is? On the other hand, I believe that the Messiah is also asking them about their living testimony, as in their everyday lives. Who do their actions say that He is?
Sarah lives in Dagsboro, a small town in Sussex County. She has such a joyful spirit. She wakes up every morning looking forward to what the day will bring. She cares deeply about her faith, and takes every opportunity to tell people about Jesus. “It is why I’m here” she would often say. By all accounts, she lives the “happy life”. However, Sarah’s having quite a challenging week. Things are going so well at work. In addition, both of her kids have the “September cold”. So, here is Sarah at the local grocery store on a late Wednesday afternoon. She has been standing in the checkout line for quite a while. Her patience is running thin. Then, a fellow shopper decides to cut in line just in front of her. How is Sarah going to respond? In this moment, Sarah is to witnessing the other shoppers, the sales associate, and others, potentially without saying a single word. What is ?
As believers, we are called to tell the world about who Jesus is. As we read in Scripture:
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16.15 (NIV)
We should gladly take every opportunity to share the Good News. However, we are also called to live in such a way that shows the world who Jesus is. As we read in Scripture:
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. John 4.24 (NIV)
God calls us to worship Him through our actions. The testimony that originates from how we live should speak to who Jesus is. Though the people around us may not remember our spoken words, they very likely will remember the testimony that stems from our actions. If God’s Spirit lives in us, there should be evidence for all to see, such as: joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5.22-23) Whether we find ourselves within the confines of our homes, at work, or even at the grocery store. our behavior should always point to Christ.
If you are a believer devoted to living out a testimony that points to the Lord, I want to encourage you to keep walking in the faith. I pray that God would bless you everyday with the grace to live in Him and for Him. I pray that God would help you see every action you take as an opportunity to share a living testimony. If you are yet to make peace with God, however, I would like to invite you commit your life to Christ. Out of Christ, life lacks meaning in fulfillment. In Christ, however, we find a life with a glorious purpose: to glorify God with every breath we take. If you believe God is pressing on your heart to commit your life to Him, can I invite you to say the following prayer?
I come to You just as I am.
I pray that You would forgive my sins.
I believe that in You I find never-ending life, joy, and peace.
I invite You to come into my heart,
So I can have the hope of eternal life.