Declare the Messiah

Sunday, August 24

8-24By Linda Booth, Council of Twelve Apostles

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

—Matthew 16:15–16 NRSV

Jesus asked his disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” If Jesus asked you that question, how would you respond? Your answer makes all the difference in how you engage in Christ’s mission of evangelism, compassionate ministries, and justice and peacemaking.

I met a woman at a mission center conference. Over a meal, she shared her story. When she was 8 years old her father came into her room and kissed her goodnight. His attention was unusual. Sometime in the night she heard her mother talking to someone. She stood hidden as the police officer said her father had driven his car into a concrete wall at high speed. He was dead.

Her mother became withdrawn and distant. When she interacted with her daughter it was to criticize and belittle. On her 16th birthday, the daughter left home, barely surviving on her waitress tips.

At the diner where she worked, a kind couple always asked for seating in her section. One night they came in late for pie. During frequent stops at their table, the couple invited her to dinner in their home. She went, felt their compassion, and recently asked for baptism.

“For the first time in my life, I know that God loves me,” she said.

God needs people who will boldly confess that Jesus is the Messiah. God needs people willing to follow Jesus into the diners of life to find and befriend the lonely and to proclaim a God who loves the world and them.

Prayer for Peace Tender Shepherd, after our time of centering with you, send us to the margins—to the places where those on the margins of society are waiting for someone to share the peace of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Invite People to Christ Read and reflect on Doctrine and Covenants 162:3b and 163:2b. Pray to be aware of people who might be receptive, and therefore blessed, by your sharing of the message of the Living Christ. Imagine being in relationship with them and inviting them to Christ. In preparation, discover your personal testimony of Christ. “Be persistent in your witness and diligent in your mission to the world.” Repeat this mantra throughout the day: “Christ’s mission, our mission, my mission.”

Peace Covenant Today, God, I will widen my witness to include trash receptacles and ditches.

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1 Comment

  1. Vera Entwistle

     /  24 August 2014

    What a great story of lives interacting in unusual places. Thanks for sharing.

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