Matthew 16:13-15 – 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?" (NIV)
In the hospital where I worked, name tags were very important. They told visitors that we were employees. They told other employers what department we worked in and what our specific job was in that area. While we were at work, we were the person described by that tag. It was our job to fill that role as long as we wore the tag.
It was easy to fill the position because it was clearly spelled out what our role was and what we were to do for that job. When the tag was laid aside at the end of the day, our part was not so easily recognized.
Jesus came to fill a particular role. However, it was a new one that did not have a job description. He was anxious to know who His disciples thought He was and who others said He was.
Peter was quick to respond: "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus then gave Peter a new name tag: "The Rock". Later, when Jesus told Peter that He must suffer and die, positive-thinking Peter said, "Never, Lord!" Jesus then rebuked him, calling him "Satan." How quickly Peter's name tag changed!
Are we like Peter, double-minded when it comes to our decisions? Do we, like Peter, want to be Number One but do not want to pay the price?
Prayer: Father, we believe that Jesus was Your Son, yet, like Peter, we hesitate to pay the price. We want life to be solid as a rock, but without a price. We are thankful that Jesus paid that account for us. Show us what we can do for Him. Control our tongues and guide our minds in the path You would have us travel. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.