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Drawing Conclusions
12/6/2013

And it happened, as He was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”  So they answered and said, “John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again.”  He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.” Luke 9:18-20 (NKJV)

Have you ever developed an opinion of someone you have never met?  It could be a person someone has spoken of negatively, and as a result you have conjured up an image of what you believe him or her to be like, and have therefore determined you want nothing to do with them.  I think we all have done this at some point, and we justify it simply by listening to others rather than investigating or finding it for ourselves.  This is presupposition—our making an assumption of something in advance.

I think this can be one of the reasons for people not wanting to know about Christianity, or Christ for that matter.  It’s as if they are saying, “I’ve made up my mind, don’t confuse me with the facts.”  But is this a fair assessment of who Jesus really is? I don’t think so, but then I often wonder if those people who are making the assumptions about Christ or Christianity really want to know the truth.  For many it is easier to camp out with their speculations than to seek the truth.

I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.  Prov. 8:17 (NKJV)

God has made the promise in His Word, that if we seek Him, we will find Him (Prov. 8:17).  And we are also told, “He is a rewarder for those who diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6).  But for those who choose to listen and believe the enemy’s lies about Jesus and decide not to seek Him—they will be forsaken (2 Chron. 15:2).

Q:         So how does someone truly get to know Jesus?

One way we can get to know someone is by talking with those who are closest to them, and know them well, such as friends and family.  But the best way to know someone is by introducing ourself and spending some time with them one on one.  Only then can we really get to know them. 

I guess my point is this; if others are going to want to know about Christ and Christianity then they’re going to need to see Him in us, and in our actions, and we are going to have to make it our priority to introduce them to Him personally.  Only then can they really know the truth and make an educated choice as to who we believe He is. 

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about Jesus from the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can others see Jesus in your love for others, and in your selfless actions?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to remember there are always people who are watching us, and who want to know if there is something different about us, and that God desires to use us by sharing His love with others through us.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for giving us Your Word to guide us and lead us in all understanding.  Father, we pray for those who are being blinded by the enemy as to who Jesus is.  Father, open the eyes of those who have been blinded to Your Truth.  Allow them to see and understand Your truth so they may give Jesus His rightful place as God.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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