And They Straightway Left…
Three of the most damaging questions we could ever participate.
What do you do?
What do you have?
What do people think about you?
We should turn these questions around and ask something like…
Who are you in Christ?
What Spiritual gift do work within?
How is your prayer life?
If a person were to ask these questions would the recipient of these questions have any clue as to how to respond? Next question – why is that?
We go around claiming to believe the Holy Bible, to follow Jesus Christ and show up every Sunday morning or Wednesday night at a building called “church” but don’t really have the basic understanding of the story of when Jesus Christ first met John the Baptist and Simon called Peter. Why do people never, ever ask why Simon would be called Peter? Or Saul would be called Paul? These are very, very basic questions that every follower of Christ should ask someone of faith.
Andrew didn’t get a name change, neither did John, James, Timothy and a great many others never received a name change – a change in their Identity according to Christ Jesus.
Andrew didn’t change his brothers name from Simon to Peter. None of Sauls’ garrison changed his name to Paul, Christ made these changes and look what happened to their lives! WOW! Maybe there something to knowing our Christ Identity and living within that identity. Maybe the gifts of the Holy Spirit come to those who are living in their Christ Identity and never materialize in those who are not living in their Christ Identity.
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you… ~ Matthew 4:19 KJB
What if we humbled ourselves before God, in the name of Jesus Christ, and prayed for that which is buried in our heart of hearts to be revealed once again? Remember that “thing” that other kids laughed us for doing or our parents told us to get over it or the school told us stop doing that or saying that or whatever it is that was singing in our soul when we just a little child? What if we stepped outside of what we have become and stepped into who we are suppose to be in Christ?
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.