Katie Fisher, 17, entered the Madison County Ohio Junior Livestock Sale hoping the lamb she had for sale would get a good price. For months Katie had been battling cancer. She had endured hospital stays and been through chemotherapy a number of times. Before the lamb went on the block, the auctioneer told the audience about Katie’s condition, hoping his introduction would push the price-per-pound above the average of two dollars. It did — and then some. The lamb sold for $11.50 per pound. Then the buyer gave it back, and suggested the auctioneer sell it again. That started a chain reaction. Families bought it and gave it back; businesses bought it and gave it back. Katie’s mother said, “The first sale is the only one I remember. After that, I was crying too hard.” They ended up selling the lamb thirty-six times that day, raising more than $16,000 in the process. /1
It matters how one is spoken of by others.
Have you ever given thought to how you speak of Jesus in your everyday life? Not whether you try to convert everyone you meet, but do you speak of Jesus, do you give the Lord the credit he deserves. Do you confess him before men on a daily basis?
“When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:13-16).
It matters how we speak of Jesus.
During his time on earth many, including some of those closest to him, had a false view of who Jesus really was. They thought he was John the Baptist or one of the prophets. Others thought Jesus was a blasphemer speaking for Satan (Luke 11:15).
Things have not changed all that much today. Some “religious” people do not speak of Jesus as the Son of God but simply as a “good man” or as a “prophet from God” or as one who “became God.” Some even go so far as to claim that Jesus was a “myth.”
The Bible teaches us that confessing Christ as the Son of God is essential to our salvation. Jesus promises to remember those who will own him. “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32).
The Christian’s confession of Christ is more than a one-time proclamation; it is a lifelong assertion. There is power in our profession of Christ. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).
For the one truly convinced that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, there really is no other choice than to proclaim that message boldly. “For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day” (1 Timothy 1:12).
We should be persistent in our confession of Christ. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).
When the day comes when all men must give an answer for their lives, what will be your answer to Jesus’ question, “Who did you say that I am?”
/1 The Story File, Volume 1 ? 2000 by Steve May.