Pastor Phillip O’Reilly
Throughout the Bible, Jesus asks questions. Questions about faith, about intention, about the lives of the people around Him. For the next few weeks, we’ll be diving into these questions.
“Who do you say that I am?” [Matthew 16:15]
It’s easy to imagine the disciples reaction to such a question. Probably some stunned silence. Until Peter spoke his truth. “You are the Messiah, Son of the living God.” Jesus then replied “Blessed are you…on this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” [Matthew 16:17-18].
The hope is that we would be able to answer that question the same way Peter did. With the same certainty and the same conviction. Because He is the God who saves us, who goes before and behind us. And He has built His church on us.
“Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not do as I say?” [Luke 6:46]
Jesus goes on to explain “the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation” [Luke 6:49].
What he’s really asking is how can we proclaim love to Jesus all day long, while still holding onto areas that we have yet to trust Him with? This question is more of a calling. Jesus is calling us to come out of hiding, to stop pretending, to stop withholding, and to surrender every area of our lives to His ways which are infinitely better than our ways.
Jesus does not ask these questions to condemn us. He asks them to hold us accountable, to bring things into Light, and to give us the opportunity to cash in on His free redemption.