In Matthew 16, Jesus proposes a question tohis disciples; "Who do people say that I am". They respond using a variety of examples to describe who people were claiming Him to be. Then Jesus directed the same question toward each one personally; "But, what about you, who do you say that I am"? I believe that in order to share our faith successfully we must all consider and answer the same question; Who do you say that I am"?
There is a difference between knowing about someone and 'knowing them personally'. As we grow to know and love someone we are excited to introduce them to our family and friends. When it comes to our faith and relationship with God this can be difficult if we are not really sure who He is ourselves!
Take a walk down memory lane with me for a moment; "Who taught you about your faith? What image do you have of God and how would you define Him? What difference does your faith make today in your life? " Answering these questions honestly will help you understand why, or why not you share your faith with others. Negative images and preconceived ideas about 'who God is' can prevent us from sharing our faith. Removing the obstacles that stand in the way can only be done through a personal encounter with God who loves us unconditionally and desires our friendship.
When we come to understand and accept God's great gift of unconditional love and mercy we want to share this good news with others. Despite, all our failures and shortcomings God has loved us and has called us his own. This is good news that we can't keep in. Only in God do we find the power, strength and ability to resist temptation and avoid sin.
God has, and continues to do great things for us and this is a message of hope that the world needs to know. In God, and only in God will our hearts truly be at rest. It is never too late to share your faith where God has planted you!
"Who do you say that I am"?