Who Do You Say I Am?

Some time ago I met a lady at work, and the first thing she started informing me was she was the best one, on our shift, doing the job.  She wanted me to know that her “rate per hour” never dipped below 500, and even on the day she poked herself in the eye she maintained her excellence.  For reference, the average rate per hour is around 270.  I must confess, her boasting was a turn off.  Later I thought, if you are that great at your job then why haven’t I heard about you from others?

The second time I encountered this same woman she was bragging to some other coworkers, in the break room, of her greatness in doing her job.  The third time I crossed her path she was wearing a shirt that proclaimed, “The Boss”.  The very next day she wore a T-shirt stating, “World’s Best Mom”.

It got me to thinking, perhaps she is extremely insecure in who she truly is, and tries to command respect by telling everyone who she wants to be?

After thinking about this for a while I heard in my mind a question Jesus once asked;

“But you—who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked.
Mat. 16:15 (TPT)

Jesus knew who he was, and didn’t go bragging about it to anyone, or ware a tunic stating it.  In fact, God declared who Jesus was when he rose up from the water after being baptized.  God said, “This is my Son, whom I am well pleased.”

It’s important to know who Jesus is.  He’s a healer, a brother that never leaves you, a calming source in any storm, but most important, he’s a savior whose death on the cross saves your soul from hell, if you accept who he is and ask him to forgive you for your sins, wrong doing.  Your eternal life depends on this because one day you will stand before Jesus, and He will ask you, “Who do you say I am?”

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Dear Heavenly Mother?

Am I the only one who has ever wondered why Jesus only has a Father?  I have wondered ever since I was a child.  Sorry, but I don’t know the answer.  I know Mary was his earthly mother, but a heavenly mother?  I got nothing.

Mom 1I have an earthly mother.  (Pictured to the left with my granddaughter)  I learned a lot from her.  Like the joy of going barefoot.  To appreciate a good movie.  How to smile when you let someone have what they want over what you want.  Today is the day to honor mothers.  For some, that can be very difficult.  Perhaps their mother didn’t exhibit the perfect love God intended.  There could be lots of reasons for this, but maybe their mother did the best she could, considering who she was, at that time.  Who knows what she was really going through then.  Possibly they were hurt, angry, or even disappointed about the cards life had dealt her.

Please don’t misunderstand, I’m not excusing her behavior, I’m only trying to help you think of her instead of your feelings.  One thing I know to be true though is this, no matter how your mother was, God is still asking you to honor her.  It’s a commandment with no conditions, no loop holes, and no way out of doing it.  I pray on this Mother’s Day you do your best, for where you are, at this time, to do just that.  Honor your mother.  Doing so honors your Heavenly Father.

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