Who Do You Say That I Am
FEBRUARY 25TH, 2014 (IN REFLECTIONS) By Msgr. Anselm
I was just reflecting on the question Jesus asked His disciples: “Who do people say that I am… and who do you say that I am” (Matt 16:13-18) and it dawned on me that the fulfillment of God’s creative purpose in our lives is dependent upon a direct channel of grace between God and us. Depending upon other people’s relationship with God for the fulfillment of God’s promises is to live on borrowed spirituality thereby leaving the manifestation of my blessings at the mercy of others whose primary objective is to actualize their own dreams, not mine. No wonder many pastors of different denominations charge so much money for consultation and prayer requests.
My dear friend, you need to develop your own relationship with God for God relates to you as an individual. No matter how deeply spiritual someone is, that spirituality cannot supply what we need in order to bloom into the fullness of grace and blessings that God has prepared for us without our own personal commitment and readiness to say “yes” to Him. You see, our relationship with God is as unique as we are individuals. We each need to have a sense of who God is and why we believe Him to be God.
My relationship with God may be based on a whole different set of values and experience from someone else’s. So how other people experience and define God does not satisfy how I need to experience and encounter Him. My experience of God needs to be uniquely mine. It cannot be borrowed; it cannot be based on the verdict of others, and it cannot be second hand.
Whatever we need to borrow is not ours and we cannot be sure that it would be available when we need it most. It is always a good feeling to know that what you need is within your own reach. There is a big promise attached to developing a personal relationship with God, as Scriptures says: “If you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in his ways… The Lord will make you abound in prosperity… [He] will open for you his rich storehouse…and to bless all your undertakings. You will lend to many but you will not borrow from any” (Deuteronomy 28:12ff). May God grant us the grace to seek and search for Him with all our heart, mind, soul and body: Amen!