Have you ever been asked what nationality you are? I think the first time I was asked that question was when I was twenty-three years old, and I was backpacking in Europe. I was surprised at my own reaction to my answer. When I said, “I’m from Canada”, I had this flutter in my heart. Canada was home, and I was a long way from home. Identity is sometimes forged most clearly when you are in a place that is not home.
This week we are going to be talking about identity, and being far from home. Jesus and his disciples travel to Caesarea Philippi, to a very foreign place. It’s there that Jesus asks them a question about identity, “Who do you say that I am?”
“Who do you say that I am?” That’s a question that still rockets straight to our heart. Who is Jesus? And that sets off another question, as to our own identity. Are we followers of Jesus? Are we people who have taken Jesus into our heart? We might not think about these questions as often as we should. Sometimes it’s when we are plunged into difficult times, times where we feel we are strangers in a strange land, that suddenly our identity as Christians comes front and centre. Who am I? “I am a Christian.”
This week’s prayer: Christ, our centre, be our sure identity in all the foreign places we travel this week.