Friday Focus: What are you saying
More often than we would like to admit, our speech differs from our actions. I know I’m guilty. For example I say, man, I need to loose weight. This is usually before I bite into a tasty double cheeseburger or worse, dine in a fully stocked all you can eat, place.
Or how about this one? “I need to get a budget” as I continue to spend recklessly. Perhaps you could see past my illustrations through to the heart of this post.
“If I allow myself to be careless with my words and actions. Then, what determines my relationship with Jesus? is it words or actions? “
my words and actions must equally match or my credibility is very fickle:
When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea 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?”…Matthew 16:13-15.
you may think, this is a no-brainier, Jesus gave them a hint “He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” but it was more. Many heard of Jesus but his disciples were the ones closest to him. they should have known who he was as Peter later proclaimed. they traveled with him and shared the joys and pains of the ministry. later they will see him feed the five thousand and heal the sick. In short, it took relationship with Jesus to accurately see who he was.
Fast forward to today. many believe that the Pastor or Preacher is the only ambassador of Christ, yet we are all ambassadors to tell others who Jesus is. others are looking at your life and your words to find co-relation. is he the Christ in your life? Who do you say Jesus? others are watching and listening.