Sermon in a nutshell: Matthew 17:1-13
Who are you?
This was the first question that God asked to us at our annual conference this year.
Many things that we are doing depend on the answer to this question.
Last Sunday, we read the confession of Peter: “Jesus, you are the Messiah and the son of the living God!” Jesus died on the cross for the salvation of all human beings because he was the Messiah! This Sunday we hear the Father’s voice, saying, “This is my Son whom I love. With whom I am well pleased.” With that confirmation, Jesus revealed that he would be raised from the dead later.
Last Sunday, we celebrated Father’s Day. When a man becomes a father, he would act as a father. Our identity changes our lives. Same can be said to our identity as followers of Jesus. When we confess that we are the disciples of Jesus, our vision should be changed. John the Baptist knew that he was the one who prepared the way of the Lord and he was willing to die to live as the Elijah who should come before the Lord.
What do you have?
This was the second question that God asked us at our annual conference. Couple Sundays ago, we have read the stories about the miracles that Jesus performed for the hungry people. Jesus fed five thousands people with five loaves of bread and two fishes. Another time, Jesus fed four thousands with the seven loaves of bread and a few fishes. Many times we say that what we have is not enough for us to do anything. That was the feeling that the Israelites and the disciples of Jesus had in a wilderness. However, they did not see that they had God who was willing to help them and provide them! Once we see the reality of God among us, we feel confidence and extreme joy! That is why Peter wanted to build shelters for the Lord as the king David wanted to build a temple for God.
What does God want you to do?
This was the third question that God asked us at our annual conference. When the king David wanted to build a house for God, God replied to him, “I will build a house for you so that you should serve my people.” When Peter wanted to set up shelters for Moses, Elijah, and Jesus, Jesus also prophesied his death on the cross to save all of us. We have this tendency to stay in our spiritual happiness. However, God allows us such joy for us to do God’s work in the face of our daily challenges without fear.
So, I invite all of you to keep reflecting on these three questions for the rest of your lives.
- Who are you? (Identity: Be who you are)
- What do you have? (Discernment: See what you have)
- What does God want you to do? (Call to action: Do what matters to God)