Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way He asked them, “Who do people say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” He asked, “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” – Mark 8:27-29
Who is it that I say Jesus is? Peter calls him Messiah and in some of the books, he is commended for his revelation about Jesus. But what about me? Do I declare the same thing in my life? Have I declared Jesus as Messiah or savior? It is important that I do, because He is and I have to come to that realization on my own, no one can make this declaration for me, it has to be solely mine.
To declare Jesus as Savior is more than just a verbal declaration however. We see, just a few verses down, that Peter is rebuked by Jesus for not being on board with God’s plan. See, Peter may have proclaimed with his mouth, but his actions showed otherwise. Although we know that Peter goes on to be a great advocate for the Gospel, there would have to be some great growth on his part first.
In my heart it is the same, I must not only declare Jesus as Savior with my lips but in my actions as well. I had a great conversation the other day with someone who told me about a woman who professed faith but still ran around cussing up a storm and not changing her behaviors. Now, I am not saying we have to be perfect to come to Christ, but when we come there should be a change brought upon us, by the Spirit.
For, if we proclaim and have been baptized and received the Spirit, hadn’t the Spirit ought to have been at work inside of me. Now, there may not be a profound change, but something as simply as not running around cursing all the time is a pretty simple thing to do. Yet, there must be change in my life somewhere and somehow if I proclaim Him as Savior.
This thought of Jesus being Savior should have the greatest impact on my life. I ought to be forever changed and changing to look more like Him. Today, I want to reflect on my life and see if change has happened and to see what change still needs to happen. There are still parts of my life where Christ is rebuking my spirit and calling me to change. If I proclaim Him as Messiah then I must listen, else I fall into the Devil’s snare, thinking I can come so far and then just stop.
Let it be in our lives today, that we call Him Messiah! Let it be that we proclaim not only with our lips but in our hearts and with our actions as well. Let us go forth and proclaim Him and show people the true change His love can bring our lives. Let’s truly proclaim Jesus as Messiah of our lives.