Thought for the Day – Monday 23rd November

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Matthew 16: 15 – 16

“But what about you?” He asked. “Who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Matthew 16 v 15-16

It has been said that the Bible is one long sermon on the word “Choose”

Joshua says to the Israelites as they are about to re-occupy the “Promised Land”, Canaan,

“Choose you this day whom you will serve, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”

(Joshua 24 v15)

In the last book of the Bible we have the risen Christ saying, “Behold! I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into his house and eat with him and he will eat with me.” (Revelation 3 v 20)

Jesus has been asking his disciples who other people say he is, but now he makes it personal. “Who do you say I am?” Peter was the first person to declare that he believed that Jesus was the “Messiah” the “Promised One.”

And this is a challenge that everyone who has heard of Jesus has to make.

In some ways it is the easiest and yet the most difficult choice we will ever have to make. The choice has far reaching consequences. If we say, “Yes”, we are agreeing to hand over control of our lives to Jesus. We are agreeing to follow a path without knowing where it will take us. It is a huge act of trust, but it’s the path we were created to follow. It is the same path Jesus, himself, chose – to live a life of love and service to others. But it is the best life!

Who do you say that I am?

Prayer: Living God we thank you that you have given us the opportunity to share in your work in the world. Give us the strength to choose to follow Jesus.

Action: Choosing to follow Jesus is not an end, but the beginning of a life transformed by our relationship with Jesus. After we have taken the first step, we will be faced, every day, with a multitude of new choices. Think about the choices you will make today. Are they the ones that Jesus would want you to make?

 

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