Itís funny that we can be so wealthy and not know how to count up the cost of ignorance. Itís funny how we can be so smartly educated and not know how to add, subtract, divide or multiply. Itís funny that we would really expect a lie to be believable and we not be caught in it. Surprise, surprise, surprise as Gomer Pyle would always say and everyone that watched that comedy loved him because he always told the truth. What kind of men do we have today, comedians but not getting paid for making people laugh? Todayís politics is comical and the only one laughing is the one that should be crying for embarrassment.
Isnít it funny how manís ugliness will make its appearance at the most inopportune times? Funny is when God shows up to reveal the Devil in his own acts. See Satan found out that not only was he a fool, but the laughing stock of the heavens and the earth. People that are bi-polar have multiple personalities that will show up at the most inopportune times and itís not always funny. People can get hurt and be embarrassed. Man who are you? The question is do we know who we are? Is who we look at in the mirror each day, us?
Jesus in Matthew 16:13-18 asked his Disciples; who do men say I am? After they had answered after the flesh Jesus asked them who do you say that I am? Simon Peter said thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. You see Peter didnít know what he was saying, as it was spiritually discerned and given by Godís revelation to him. When people identify us do they make the reference to the spiritual man or the natural you? Who are you? What is important about us is who God is in us. What God says about us is important and what man says is also important.
Peter in John 1:35-42 was called to Jesus by his brother Andrew. Jesus identified him at once by the spirit and foretold of his great career in Christ. Who we are is who we are in Christ. Jesus gave Peter a nick name Cephas-Peter because he would one day be a rock of support and strength. He was used to acknowledge who Christ was; who are we? Peter was an unpromising piece of material to be used at first by God because of his impulsiveness Jesus saw a way to use him in spite of his spontaneous urges at a whim and notion. His disposition was to react hasty and he would lie quick. Peter was mercurial, changeable and volatile which means he was explosive, unstable, eratic and fickle. He had a temperament, disposition, attitude, mood and emotions that were changeable with the weather. Man who was this cat? No one of the twelve Apostles has so human appeal to us as Simon Peter.
Many of us need to ask, who are we? Most Christians begin their journey of transition from earth to glory the same way. There is a time of repentance and change for every man. We must first realize that we need repentance. We must first be born again before we stop lying. We need the agent of the Holy Ghost and must first come to know Jesus; who is the truth and the light of the Word He is. We have to get rid of some stuff that God can make us to be who He wants us to be and thatís who we are. As Peter did, we too denied Christ. We deny that we know him but in the process of time and change we come to know Christ in a more significant way. We began to see things differently. We see as the Father sees. We were once like Nicodemus in St. John 3:15. He asked Jesus how can a man; be born again. Nicodemus was a master but couldnít see THE Master. He saw Jesus the way the Church at that time saw him; religiously. Religion still today make man lie; but Christianity causes man to deal with themselves. We need relationship with Christ that we come to know God the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost in a way that we will come to know who we are and others will also. We tend to see things as we think, see, and rely on our own senses.
When I open my mouth the Holy Ghost is always there reminding me that thou shall not lie. The Holy Ghost keeps me from being deceptive. The Word keeps me saved. Who are you? We canít make ourselves look like the Lord. We know that He calls us for and expects us to take His side. If we say we are His we are to conduct our lives to line up with His Word. Jesus fate at the culmination on the Cross was a day he faced alone. The people wanted Jesus to proclaim himself as the Messiah and King but He discouraged their expectation for it wasnít in line with the work the Father sent Him for. We cannot just say anything; when it is convenient or where is our not a part of our commitment. Jesus knew who He was, what He had come to the earth to do, and did just that.
He told his Disciples of his death, burial and resurrection. He told of how he would be betrayed and denied by those that were with Him during His ministry. He prepared the Disciples and made them ready. He observed the religious days that were set: the Passover, the feasts of tabernacle and other. He prayed to the Father, He rebuked Devils, cast out sicknesses and disease raised the dead and gained victory over his human frailties. Who are we that think we have no frailties? Is what God did through His Son of no effect? He knows who he is, what he is, how he was to obey the Father and did just that. Not only did man know things according to Godís Word that they were to obey, they laid the Word aside. Jesus was a man in the flesh but had spiritual intuition and commitment like no other.
The only reason that man charged Jesus was because of who he was of the spiritual nature and conducted himself in the earth as a man. Jesus is the horn of our salvation and He is calling us today to come back to God. Turn from our wicked and evil ways; fall into the righteousness of God again, deny self and repent. Make it right with God again and realize who you are. Who we are is who God is in our lives. Jesus died for us that we can confess and be made free from sin. Sin is prevalent in the world but Godís power rest in the decision we make today. We as a people deceive ourselves for we cannot deceive God. We have tried many things on the outside of God to gain in the world. Itís time we confront the sin in us and decide we want to be like the Lord in all areas of our lives. We want to do this that we too can be strong and rest in the peace of God through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. We have tried many things in the earth for love, peace, and truth but found it not; now itís time to try Christ. He is a might good leader and mighty to save us.
Man who are we? Two eyed monsters; one flesh divided against itself? Man who are we? We say we are one with God but are twofold in our relationship; serving the flesh more than the Spirit. Man who are we? We take double money in our hands and donít care how we get it.
Man who are we? We live but we donít live to have it so pressed down in our heart that we will go against Godís Word to acquire what we want. Man who are we? There is a thin line between lying and truth; lying and stealing; lying and killing. For what price will a man sell his soul? We can lie in one breath if we are not careful. That thin line in the road is hard to walk especially when we try to walk it alone. On each side of that middle line is a broad road that takes us in one direction or the other but we canít go but one way at a time; which is it? Man who are you? Either we are for or against, but not both.