Friday: 27th September, 2019

Reference text: Luke 9:18-22

Luke 9:18 And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?

‘The Lion King’ is one story which highlights what can happen when one forgets their identity as a result of wrong association. No spoilers here for any one yet to watch it but I would like to highlight just one statement from it: ‘Simba, remember who you are’.

People will always like to associate us with memories of things or people they have already had. Comparison is therefore made with other people and consequently, expectations of us begin to lean towards those of others. Their achievements, success and mission become the gold standard against which we are compared.

If unchecked, we may lose the sense of who we are and embrace what and who we are compared to. Jesus’ question to his disciples followed along this line of thought as it sought to establish clarity between his true identity which Peter declares as the ‘Messiah’ and a pseudo-identity gained through comparisons and associations with others.

‘The fish should have no cause to worry when the Eagle is soaring because in water, the tides turn’.

So beloved,

always remember who you are because if you don’t know who you are, you clearly won’t know who you are not.


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