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Lenten Journey of Release & Renewal (Day Twenty)




Day Twenty



Scripture: Mark 8:22-30

22 They came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, ‘Can you see anything?’ 24 And the man looked up and said, ‘I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.’ 25 Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 Then he sent him away to his home, saying, ‘Do not even go into the village.’

27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ 28 And they answered him, ‘John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’ 29 He asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Messiah.’ 30 And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.



Observation:




“But, who do you say that I am?”


Sometimes, I wonder who people say I am. Do they think I am a decent person? Do our members see I’m a good preacher? What do others outside of the church community think of me? In an era when the value of religion is doubted by many, do they perceive that I’m contributing something valuable to society?


When I am tempted to be ensnared by these thoughts, I try to focus on what matters. When I hunger for approval and compliments, I remind myself that how I perceive myself matters much more than how others perceive me. I should value what my wife and kids think of me more than what random people on the street see in me. More than anything, I am grateful for learning that how God sees me is the most important defining factor in understanding who I am. I am a beloved child of God.


Jesus asked his disciples, “You see me every day. You walk, talk, and eat with me every day. I don’t care what others say about who I am. But do you truly see me? Who do you say that I am?” Thankfully, Peter’s eyes were opened, and he recognized that Jesus was the Messiah.


God, open my eyes that I may see what you see in me. Open my eyes to see you.



Application:

  1. What would be the three words that others may use to describe who you are?

  2. Where do you see God today?



Prayer / Reflection:

Song of Reflection: Open My Eyes That I May See












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