“Who do you say I am?”
Jesus wasn’t having an identity crisis when He asked this question.
In fact, His identity as the Son of God and His calling as the Messiah were always engrained in Him. And it was apparent from the consistency of His behavior. Whether He was being hailed or being spat at, He never varied in the belief or position of who He was.
And Peter, having seen enough to know that Jesus was the true Anointed One (Messiah), could not help but make this confession of faith. He declared, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Like Jesus we know from 1 Peter 2:9 who we are. We know that we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession…
The question is, if we were to ask who people say we are…what would they come back with?
Would they like Peter, say without hesitation that we are “God’s special possession…” or part of a “Royal Priesthood” or would they say things that would make God wonder about His choice of people
As Christians, this is our identity… a holy nation…lets live up to it.
Dear God, I know as your chosen people the example of our lives should cause others to confess who we are in You. But the quantum of plastic trash alone in many predominantly Christian countries suggests that we are not living lives that make us worthy of being called a chosen people. I know I cannot change the whole world, but I can change myself. Grant me the grace to live a life that will make all people see and know without hesitation that I am Your special possession…chosen by You to be Holy. Amen