A.W. Tozer said: “What comes into our minds when we think
about God is the most important thing about us.” In Matthew 16, when asked
about what his heart believed regarding Jesus, Peter boldly declares: “You are
the Christ, the son of the living God.” What we believe about God and what God
has done for us should matter most and be declared loudest. There is probably
nothing more we can do at this time, as his church, than to boldly declare that
we belong to Jesus.
Who do you say that he is?
Do you say that he is “savior”? If so, that means that Jesus
and Jesus alone is responsible for dealing with your sins. Your good works have
absolutely no power in earning forgiveness. Being sorry cannot buy off God. Not
even communion each month gives one forgiveness; those elements are simply the reminder
that if Jesus is your savior, your sins are no longer held against you.
So please don’t just say he is savior without embracing him
as your personal savior and Lord – because there are far too many speaking
about him, like they know him, but their is no fruit of God’s Holy Spirit
coming from their lives, displaying that they are truly surrendered to the lordship
of Jesus Christ.
We must live a life that loudly proclaims: “You are it! You
are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!”
Do you say that he is “Lord” of your life, if so, that makes
you his humble and obedient servant. When people look at you, is that what they
see in you? If he is Lord of your life, then everything you have, is his, and,
it has all been given to you by the Lord to be fully used for the Lord. Further,
it means that whatever he asks of you, you should to do and do so with great
joy knowing God is asking you.
Do you say that he is “creator” of all? If so, that means
that he is creator of our enemies as well as our friends. He is the creator of
all life, even from its inception until he wills we die. It means he alone is
sovereign and holy. We are people of vast differences. And yet, he is the creator
of the people you love, the people you ignore or marginalize and the people you
have come to even hate. It means we trust in the creator and his mighty works
and perfect plans.
So, do you know what you are saying when you confess that
Jesus is your savior, and your Lord, and the creator of all?
Who we are in Christ and who we believe Jesus to be – it may
seem hard to articulate at times, but when compared to the mighty rocks that
comprise the church throughout history, yours is every bit as important.
For all the times we have failed to speak boldly about our
faith in Jesus Christ, for all the times we have denied ever knowing him, and
for all the times we have withheld the possessions that we know belong to him,
today we can say: “Forgive us. Fill us anew. We will boldly proclaim you as
Lord of our lives and Lord of all.”
May we lay our lives at the foot of the cross of Jesus
Christ, and dare to be called his disciples. No power on earth can destroy what
the bride has become. We must be people who passionately and boldly proclaim
the hope and holiness of Jesus Christ to our community and beyond.
Nick Emery is lead pastor at Hope Crossing Community Church.