August 13, 2017

Reading Mark 8:27-30 (NRSV)

Jesus asks, “Who do people say that I am?” People said he is like John the Baptist, the prophet Elijah, or one of the other prophets. Then Jesus asks, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answers, “You are the Messiah.”

What did people see that made Jesus known as God’s Messiah?

In the book, Be Known for Something, Mark MacDonald advocates for churches to be known for something. Preferably, people should know them for the benefit they provide to their community. Being known for something requires being consistent, and being worth knowing.

Jesus must have consistently provided a benefit, something people needed.

What are you known for? What have you done consistently and with enough value that people know you for it?

Maybe it’s your looks, laugh, kindness, or work product. At three recent memorial services, I heard friends and family speak about “her smile”, “love of family”, “ability to make me laugh”, attentiveness to “God moments”, “dedication to a green earth”.

How much smiling does one have to do to be known for it?

Jesus didn’t just share God’s message; Jesus was God’s message.

What message do you want to convey?

Let us pray. Thank you, God, for revealing yourself in Jesus. We also would like to be known as benefiting your people. Forgive us when we lack consistency. Help us to keep returning to the example Jesus showed us, that we may be known for your loving message. Amen.

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