Your Valuable Personal Witness
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15 (ESV)
Fun fact, Pop Secret popcorn is the official popcorn of the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort. Why in the world Disney needed an official popcorn I do not know. What I do know is Pop Secret has done what countless other companies and products have done for decades. They have aligned their product with someone or something popular in order to boost sales.
You see in America, as well as all over the globe, we have a tendency to ascribe worth, value, and reliability based on association. If a basketball star endorses a certain type of shoe people will go out and buy it because of the high regard everyone holds for that basketball player. Wheaties cereal has done this with countless athletes, putting popular athletes on the front of their boxes. Simply put people care what others think.
Jesus, in questioning His disciples in Matthew 16, asked about what everyone else was saying about Him and who they thought He was. All the various answers came back but Jesus was most interested in what they thought of Him individually. He asked them collectively who do you all say that I am but it was directed to them personally because in the end that was the most important question He could ask them because the answer to that would have eternal and world changing consequences.
It would be these disciples’ personal relationship with Christ, their faith and trust in Him, and their devotion to the Gospel that would change the face of the world itself.
In this world, one of the most powerful influences you will ever have is your personal commitment and witness for Jesus Christ. Institutions are faceless, organizations are for the most part intangible but you and I are real. We have relationships, conversations, and lives that can be seen. Don’t ever think that a witness you make or an invitation you give is worthless. You are an instrument of God, empowered by Him and you have in your life the answer to life’s most important question. What do you personally believe about Jesus Christ?
May we all have a life that reflects the famous words of Peter, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”