I remember a dinner when Steve and I were out with a group of friends at a nice restaurant, just having a good time and our waiter came up to our table practically quivering with excitement. He said, “Do you know who just drove up?” Our answer was, “No . . .” and he could hardly contain himself—“Bon Jovi!” And I said, “Oh?” It didn’t really mean much to me at that time, but some of the people at our table were appropriately impressed, and we talked about it a little, like, “why here?” and Hmmmmm. Well, then they walked in. I knew we were in the presence of greatness just by the way they walked. It was obvious that they were VERY important. They strutted. They pranced. They flipped their hair with each stride. Their demeanor practically screamed “Look at me!” So we did. And so did everyone else in that restaurant.What were their qualifications for importance? They made a lot of money. I am sure that they are more talented than many people, but maybe not as talented as many others. If I had asked that very excited waiter why I should also be excited about seeing Bon Jovi, I wonder what his answer would have been. What made them stand out? They got a record contract and playtime. In our culture that is an accomplishment, but is it necessarily the standard for greatness? For crowd recognition?
This morning in one of the scriptures we will be reading, our LORD asks a very important question that reminds me a little bit of our encounter with Jon Bon Jovi and his group—just a little—but it is a far more important question as for who I am and who you are than whether or not I could recognize a rock music personality.
This morning as we read from Matthew 16:13-20 and Romans 12:1-8 we are going to be thinking about 2 things:
- This question that Jesus asked Peter
- What do we do with his answer
Originally preached Sunday, August 27, 2017