“Who do you say that I am?” When Jesus asks Peter to state for himself who Jesus is, it is after asking him what others claim. (Matthew 16:13-17) It’s one of those frequently referenced moments when Jesus moves his disciples from following the crowd to making it personal. We can listen to others, take their advice, ponder their perspectives, but in the end, we have to claim it for ourselves.
This morning, however, as I contemplated how my life is completely changing, and my definition of what I do is moving to writer, speaker, and author, I realized that it is just as important to turn this question around. As our lives morph and develop, we need to be checking in on a regular basis and asking Jesus right back, “Who do You say that I am?” We can listen to others to help us discern who we are and where we are going. We can take their advice and ponder their perspectives. But in the end, we need to listen to the one who knows us best. If we can follow where God is leading, then He can claim us for Himself, and our lives will be fulfilled in a way that we can hardly imagine.