Tuesday, September 8, 2015

You are the CHRIST; I am not.

MARK 8:27-30
Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" And they answered him, "John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets." He asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Messiah." And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
Lord Jesus,
your question still cuts 
to the heart of the matter:
"But who do you say that I am?"

"What words DO you use...?"
Lord, Savior, Rock, Redeemer,
Hope, Help, Salvation, Grace,
Son of God, Christ...

"What do you say about me in public?"
Jesus is my strength, my guide.
Jesus forgave and forgives me.
My faith in Jesus changes how I live.
When I pray to God for forgiveness,
I know God's answer --
the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ 
tell me that God says, "Yes, I forgive you!"

"What do you say about me with your life?"
I will follow you any where
from the city of Atlanta to the peach farming community of McBee
from the beach resort of Myrtle Beach to the busy county seat of Elizabethtown
from visiting at the nursing home bedside to praying at the ball field
from the board meeting of Habitat to the stockroom of the food pantry
from the session meeting to the homework table
from the Bible study to the dinner table
from reading bed time stories to answering a crisis phone call
Wherever you lead me, Lord, I will go...

"But who do you say that I am?"
You are the Christ.
I am not.
I will follow you all the days of my life.

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