He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. – Matthew 16:15-16 (KJV)
We live in a world where esteem is highly rated. We talk about people with low self-esteem and how to help them raise it, or people whose self-esteem is so high that they have ego problems. We crave the approval (esteem) of others. It’s as if the good opinion of other people were the highest goal one could pursue.
Balderdash! It’s not important who you think you are, nor how other people view you. What’s important is what God thinks about you.
Jesus didn’t ask the disciples this question to find out who He was. He asked it to find out how much they knew about who He was. It’s the question every Christian must ask himself – often – sometimes daily.
Who is Jesus in my life?
The proper answer to this question, the most effective one, is exactly what Peter said – with one more title.
Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God – and the Lord of my life.
Help us to understand our place in Your scheme of things. Grant that we may be faithful in service to You and never lose sight of who You are and who we are in your plans.
In Jesus’ most precious name.