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Compel: 45

Isaac Zenil | Jadyn Lewis | Garrett Rousselle | Brock Vignery

Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” He asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” [Mark 8:27-29]

People have many different ideas about who God is. There are interpretations upon interpretations of the who people say He is, but part of our walk as Followers means that we have to learn it for ourselves. We know that He is the Christ, the only one who can save. He is the Truth, the One who holds our peace and our joy.

Culture has a lot to say about Jesus and about His people. Culture says that Jesus is like a medicine, or is someone to blame when things go wrong. But that’s not true. Jesus promises that He is Light, that He is constant, and that we are not forsaken. Time and time again we see examples of this truth. Culture also has it wrong when it comes to who we are. Culture says we should strive for success at all costs, and that we aren’t worthy if we don’t succeed. But Jesus says that we are looked after, cared for, accounted for, and chosen. Jesus is who He says He is, and we are who He says we are.

In Mark 8:27-29, Jesus wasn’t asking what people thought about Him in vain. Instead, He wanted to know about their faith. Without faith, we are unable to follow Jesus. The reality is that much of this life is hard. Darkness is all around, and there are going to be plenty of times where we can’t see hope. We have to admit that we don’t have the answers, but that God does. And with faith and trust in Him, we can conquer any storms.

Ideas about who God is can get all tangled up in our world. But we know through faith and through the Word that God is our savior, our friend, and our father. He knows everything we’ve done and will do and still – despite it all – chooses us every time. He promises to never lie to us, forsake us, or tell us we are not enough. Jesus is not unpredictable. He always remains and is always there.

God is many things to different people. But regardless of experiences, walks of life, age, gender, or current situations, we know God to be steady. Constantly speaking hope into us. Consistently encouraging us and holding us accountable. To God, we are more than enough, we are beautiful, and we are His chosen.