From the (Un)qualified devotional by STEVEN Furtick
In Matthew 16, Jesus is having a conversation about His identity with Simon Peter, and Jesus asked him an all-important question: “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And he got it right.
Getting this question right is both the quintessence of salvation and the starting point for a lifelong journey. You are saved when you come to know and believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, but that is only the beginning of your relationship with Him.
When Simon correctly identified who Jesus was, Jesus identified who Simon was.
He said, “I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.” From then on, Simon was known as Rock. That’s what petros, or Peter, means in Greek.
What changed in that moment wasn’t who Peter was but rather his view of who he was. Jesus said he was a rock. Suddenly Peter could see the man he really was.
So who do you say Jesus is? It’s life’s biggest question. Knowing God is paramount to finding out why He made you and who He means for you to be.
God wants to give you a revelation of who you are too. He wants to show you your value now, and He wants to open your eyes to who you can become in Him.
Stop talking about who you are not and what you cannot do, and start listening to what God says about your life. Stop labeling yourself, and start letting God do whatever He wants in, through, and with you. It’s time to take the fullness of Christ into account when you think of yourself.