When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “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: 13-16 NIV
Over the past two weeks, I have enjoyed reading the “naughty girl” series and as much as I hate to admit it, I found pieces of myself in more than one Biblical villain. I kept thinking is that “thing” something of the past or am I still exhibiting these characteristics. Who could I ask these questions?
After reading the above passage, I realized that although Jesus wanted to know what other people thought about Him, He really wanted to find out what the people who were closest to Him thought. The people who talk to us the most often or are around us daily should really be able to speak the most to our character.
Who do you say I am – when I am happy; when I am angry; when I haven’t had my coffee yet; when people mistreat me; when I’m in a position of authority; when I am struggling; when my confidence is low; when the kids are on my nerves; when my fleshly desires are raging, when no one is watching? Who do you say I am?
What I continue to learn is that who I “think” I am and how I “think” I respond is often different then what those around me experience. Jesus presents an outstanding example when He asks his disciples about His personal brand. To find out if your personal message, your personal brand is being communicated effectively, ask the people closest to you. Check out your witness. Do you love your neighbor as yourself? Are you exhibiting that you’ve been born again? Is your witness reflective of a King’s Kid: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18 NIV.
Help me to be who I “think” I am. Better yet, help me to be all that You say I should and need to be so that I am pleasing in Your sight. Let me not tarnish my witness because of my attitude or my behavior in tempting situations. Let me be an outstanding reflection of You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to do a self check. Read and identify with our Naughty Girls from the past two weeks. If you find yourself in any character, examine if that is a trait of the past or something that is all too familiar in your character today. Work towards being a “new” creature so that you can reflect the light of the Son.
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Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.”