Do your part

Jesus said, “Who do you say that I am?” (We talked about the context for this question yesterday.)

Peter answers, “You are the Christ, the son of the living God.”

That sentence changes everything. Jesus doesn’t speak for God, he is God. He’s not a wise teacher, he’s the lesson. He’s not a person who does healings, he is the healer. He’s not a person who prays that God will do things, he is the doer.

And Jesus says four things.

  • God has revealed this to you.
  • This is the truth upon which the church is going to built.
  • You will move in amazing ways.
  • Don’t tell anyone who I am right now.

After the first three, the last sentence sounds strange. We’re going to win but don’t tell anyone? But there were parts of this story that weren’t done. Jesus immediately started talking about how he was going to be arrested and killed and come back to life. Within months, he was and then he did.

But for us, that part of the story has happened. We can tell people that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God. We can live our lives as if Jesus loves us and calls us and challenges us and equips us.

What does that mean?

Do your part.

On Monday I talked about two women who did their part in Egypt. Today, I’m inviting us to think about our part.

  • At this moment, what is it that you know how to do? Do it.
  • What is the one thing that you know how to do? Not compared to other people. I mean the one thing that you know how to do?
  • Who are the people that you notice that no one else notices?
  • What is the one way you know how to help people?

rockpile3What if there is a need for that one thing at this very moment?

I’m not being cliche. Not really. I’m thinking about what Paul wrote.

He said that we are to offer ourselves to God the way we would offer something on an altar. But as ourselves and as alive. Not as something that is dead and therefore useless. As people who can do things. And, Paul says, we each are equipped differently. We are not the same and that is a good thing. That is a God thing.

We are different and we need each other. And who we are is needed.

  • But if you are caught up looking the other way,
  • If you are caught up in worrying about how messed up the country is,
  • If we are caught up in comparing ourselves to others,
  • If we are caught up in our self,

we can offer ourselves to God. And then do what Jesus did. Or,  more accurately, do the part of what Jesus did that YOU know how to do.

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.