So often, we look to others to form our value, self-worth, opinions, beliefs and habits. We think, “Well, you know what they say” or “Oh, they say I can’t [insert here], so…”
And that’s that.
How did this phrase evolve to become a common method of asserting wisdom, facts or viewpoints — whether true or false?
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While I’m sure there are numerous studies about this phrase out there, my thoughts turned to when Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
His disciples basically answered with, “Oh, well, they say you’re John the Baptist. Oh, they say you’re Elijah. Oh, they say you’re one of the prophets.”
And then, (in my paraphrased vernacular), Jesus gets straight to the point: “Yeah, who cares what they say… Who do you say I am?”
Who do you say I am?
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I can speak only for myself and from my personal experiences. I can tell you how delicious this homemade ice cream cake with cookie dough, brownies, crushed Oreos and hot fudge is. But until you taste it for yourself, you’ll only be basing your opinion on what I’ve said about it (and trust me, it’s all good things).
I can tell you from my own experience who Jesus is to me personally, because He has proven Himself to me in various situations over and over again throughout my life.
He’s my provider.
He’s my guide.
He’s my best friend.
He’s my safe haven.
He’s my peace.
He’s my joy.
That’s who I say He is.
And you know what they say: Sometimes you can learn from the experience of others.
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But who do you say He is?
Because they also say you make your own choices in life.