13 Now when Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Human One is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” 15 He said, “And what about you? Who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Then Jesus replied, “Happy are you, Simon son of Jonah, because no human has shown this to you. Rather my Father who is in heaven has shown you. 18 I tell you that you are Peter. And I’ll build my church on this rock. The gates of the underworld won’t be able to stand against it. 19 I’ll give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Anything you fasten on earth will be fastened in heaven. Anything you loosen on earth will be loosened in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-19, CEB)
Who do others say you are?
We spend a lot of time trying to make the right impression sometimes we get lost in the shuffle. We are not our authentic self and we put on masks to fit in or make others like us. Jesus didn’t do that. This passage comes from a time when Jesus and the disciples were in Caesarea Philippi, which was an interesting place, and Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do others say I am?” And “Who do you say I am?” But here is the twist, Jesus was always his authentic self. He did not change to please people, he stayed the course of what he knew was right and needed to be said. He was not concerned about how people liked him. He always told the truth and live love out loud.
So don’t worry about how others see you, or like you. God loves you as God made you. Live out Loud, Love out Loud, and be who God created you to be.
Loving People. Loving God.