What person in the Bible do you identify with the most? And why? Thoughts? Todd Share 26 thoughts on “Answering A Question” SlackOnBelay November 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm Thomas. He was one of the “insiders,” someone who was part of the fellowship, who saw all the miracles and heard all the teaching, but when it came to having faith in the reality of an alive Christ, he wanted visual proof. Growing up in a Christian family made concepts common knowledge for me, but learning to wholeheartedly trust and believe in Christ on a personal and individual level, outside of the church comfort zone, has felt like a battle of questions and doubt. Reply Jason November 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm Job. I know that’s someone most people go to but in my case I’m really feeling Job-ian this year. In this year, I’ve lost my job, my wife has left & my 2nd divorce is likely, I had to move from where I wanted to live to a town where I have no family & little friends because of our financial problems, I see my sons 4 days a month because of my previous divorce’s agreement, I hardly ever get to see my step-daughter (because she’s not legally mine), been betrayed by Christian friends, been written off by other Christians who sit in judgment. The extended unemployment (laid off in March and haven’t been able to get a job anywhere since) is eating away at me. I haven’t had any boils and thankfully my health is still fairly good but other than that I feel pretty beaten physically, mentally and spiritually. And the hard part is knowing that God may have given Job double everything that he had lost but none of us are promised the same thing. I know that if it serves His ultimate purpose, my life won’t improve. I’m fighting to find joy in it but it’s hard. Sorry to vent like this but you asked. 😉 Reply Sayheybrian November 29, 2011 at 4:40 pm I like to say Peter, because of his ups and downs, but I think that gives me too much credit for my “ups”. However, I fully relate to some of his downs. Telling Jesus “That’s not the way it’s going to happen” for example, when, of course I know better than you , God. But I love his ability to get past himself and keep following his Master. Reply Hugh November 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm Peter. Here’s a guy who failed Jesus when He needed him most. Not just once, but 3 times! And he was “The Rock!” If Jesus can use Peter, then there’s hope for me. Also, Peter often spoke before thinking and acted rashly. Also things he & I have in common. Unfortunately I lack his faith. I remain firmly seated in the boat, watching Peter walk upon the waves and dream of having his faith. Reply Javen November 29, 2011 at 4:56 pm I LOVE the story of the woman in Luke 7. The “sinner”. I completely relate to that woman. She obviously was known in town for her sins. Being labeled as an outsider for her wrongs. I love how she comes to Jesus with such repentance and honor for him. Jesus tells her she is forgiven and loved, even though others still look down on her. He says “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Although I relate, I also look up to and learn from her. Reply Barbie Jenkins November 29, 2011 at 4:56 pm Several came to mind at first but when trying to narrow it down- I couldn’t. There’s more than one. Friends say the see me like David. I have been called “Beloved.” Is it just a mask I wear? I see myself different from others. Uncomparable. Not good enough. Reply Kristina November 29, 2011 at 5:05 pm Martha- I often get caught up with the daily stuff when I should be sitting at Jesus’ feet. Reply LAWRENCE MAJCHER November 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm I can relate Jason I have a Dollar and .69 cents,”But” God just keeps on using whatever to provide.So I do “count it all Joy”.Job had said; “though He slay me I will Trust in Him”.I Pray that the Lord will open up door’s with Fellowship and Provision.Amen.Love and Blessings in our Messiah. Now for me I can relate to the wayward lamb and when I see the thorns I’m calling Shepherd….Shepherd….It does feel like I’m not in “The Sheep-pen” as much as it was.There was a time when I thought I was going to get slaughtered on Passover.Praise God for all He is doing with my Life and To Him Be The Glory. And Thanks Todd,Love & Blessing,Lar Reply Dave November 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm Todd That is a hard question, in the tought that any of us, could be any of them. Just by the way that I accept and stand up for parts of life and people, I would be tempted to say Christ, not that I think that I am Christ, far from it but he is the teacher, and if we are not like him in some way, then we have not learned much. And I am like the others because they had their doubts and questions, the same as I or you, but in that way, we learn from them, how to believe or how not to believe. Thoughts? When I listen to your music, I get the thought that you see yourself in the same place that I and others are, not quite there yet but at the same time you are kneeling at the feet of Christ, that is why I have your music amungst othere in the car all the time. Its hard to feel 100% there with Christ as we are still here, typing – working -playing, we are not up there with him, yet at the same time I know that there is a heaven and a candle in a certain window that lights my way home. There is no doubt in my mind that Christ is alive and well, if I had a wish granted, one of a few, that wish would be that everyone would feel the same. Dave Reply Brenda Branson November 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany because both women loved Jesus with great passion and spent time with him–listening to him teach, having conversations, and just hanging out. One was a good little Jewish girl and the other was an outcast. They were both loved and accepted by him. He gave value and beauty to the broken one, and affirmation/permission to the other as an intelligent woman thirsty to know more. He elevated the status of both of them in the eyes of their culture, and validated them to family and church leaders. I identify with both of these women because I have faced some of the very same struggles in my family at home and in church. It is in His love and acceptance that I find my purpose and identity. Reply Adam Strayer November 29, 2011 at 6:35 pm Defiantly Peter. Always chasing hard after Jesus, but often speaking before i think or acting too quickly and regretting it. It gives me hope that even though i have denied Christ by not witnessing when the Spirit prompts me to share His love out of fear of rejection or hostility, it’s not too late for me. I could still be used for great things for Christ! Reply Sharman Perrine November 29, 2011 at 6:55 pm I would have to say Paul, although not nearly for the person he became. Before I came to know Jesus, at age 34 (I’m 51 now,) I would “kill” Christians who tried to witness to me with words. I would yell, scream, and curse and say “How can there be a God when the world is so full of misery. This Jesus guy must have been a real jerk!” God eventually brought me to my knees and I found Jesus when I lost everything and was on my knees crying for Him. These days, however, I can be heard saying “I wish I was less like Peter and more like John.” 🙂 Reply Angela Reed November 29, 2011 at 7:13 pm I can identify with Sarah, because she was subject to uncertainty and circumstances she couldn’t have embraced willingly. She was a crucial part of God’s bigger plan, whether she was fully aware of it or not. I also have taken great comfort in the life of Joseph. He was betrayed more than once. God saw his great strength of character, and God lifted him up. There are many I can identify with, but I thought of this: We have a Savior who identifies with US! He became man, and there’s nothing we suffer in this life that He can’t comprehend…He has been there! What a blessing! Reply Shari November 29, 2011 at 7:17 pm For Many Years, it was Hannah… Reply Ron November 29, 2011 at 7:20 pm I think Peter because sometimes his passion overwhelmed his wisdom and it got him in trouble. Reply Shari November 29, 2011 at 7:21 pm Sorry, something funky is going on with the text box! Anyway, I think it still is Hannah but for a different reason – first it was because of the fertility issues, then God gave me a son, just like he did Hannah. Now, unlike Hannah, I have a more difficult time giving my son back to the Lord – Don’t get me wrong, he’s 15 now, and there are times I want to give him back, but for the wrong reasons, lol…but truly loving the Lord more than loving my son takes a supernatural power – this is pure honesty here…this is where I need to lay my life down everyday and trust the Lord that if I do love him with all my heart, mind, soul and strength, He will provide for all of my needs, physical and emotional! Reply Deb November 29, 2011 at 7:24 pm I identify strongly with St. Paul. His conversion story is so amazing. He was on fire to persecute Christians and ended up, through God’s grace to be on fire for the Lord. Four years ago, at the age of 51, I didn’t believe in God. I lived in despair and despised organized religion. Then, God knocked me down too. Everything I believed about the world was revealed to be a lie and an illusion. The only reality was God. A few months after this revelation, through the laying on of hands, I was baptized in the Holy Spirit. My life has never been the same. I was led to a specific church, named St. Paul’s and told to listen to the pastor. Every day, regardless of how good or bad it is, I know I am loved and I want everyone to know of God’s great love for us I truly was the Prodigal son. Praise the Lord in all things. Jason, I will pray for you. Finding joy in suffering is so difficult and it can’t always be done, because most of usaren’t saints. If you can find time to just sit with Jesus every day, it will really help. You can just ask him to put his arms around you and hold you. God Bless you. Reply Randy Reiss November 29, 2011 at 7:24 pm Zaccheus.. the guy in the tree.. sometimes it feels like I’m a poor miserable sinner trying too hard to get a good view of Jesus when all I need to do is get down and accept his invitation… which begs the question.. if Jesus invited himself over for dinner, what would you make?? … I mean seriously.. Zaccheus had to be totally stressing over that one.. and how do you break that to the Mrs… um hey honey.. we’ve got a guest coming over for dinner… who? oh its the Messiah.. maybe even today we make so many excuses to not invite Jesus in.. its sometimes not the easy thing, but its the only thing.. Reply Joe November 29, 2011 at 9:12 pm For many years, i have identified with both Paul & John (the baptiser). Both were bold in their witness for Jesus and both were missunderstood by most of those around them…but this year has been a year of learning to trust like Abraham, who was ask to “go” and would be shown the place when he got there. Having faith to follow no matter where Jesus leads is so much easier said than done, but i KNOW that God is using this to conform me more into the image of Jesus and in that i rejoice! Reply Dan November 29, 2011 at 10:31 pm Barabbas…no question. Deserved to die…set-free… Amazing grace, how sweet the sound of the jailer’s keys Reply cindy francis November 30, 2011 at 1:37 am I’ve been the woman, at his feet, in tears. Broken by a life that did not deserve grace but aching to be closer. Reply Rebeca Dos Santos November 30, 2011 at 9:01 am Well, Im here thinking and thinking my mind is going and spinning..thats a deep question. I would say mary, martas sister, her desire to hear from Jesus, be at his feet, not carring about anything that is happening around her, just trying to get the most out of the lover of her soul, that would be me, my desire is to be found in him… Love ur music Todd, all the way from Brazil !!! Reply Pam November 30, 2011 at 7:56 pm The woman at the well. He told me all about myself, and loved me in spite of myself. He knows me better than I know myself. I have been forgiven much, and for that, I can love much. Reply Lori Winn December 4, 2011 at 10:57 pm The woman in John chapter 8. Who was caught in adultery. Shortly after my Husband (now ex) went to prison for abusing our daughter the church I was attending treated me like the Pharisees did her. They condemned me. Saying mean and hurtful things. A dear sweet Pastor from another church came to my house, spoke with me and brought me to the church I am worshiping at now. I know how the woman felt and to be protected and lifted up by a total stranger, yes I am her. Reply Dave December 5, 2011 at 2:33 pm Hello Todd I hope that you give all of us your view of the results of all that you get from this poject of yours, there are some very good things here to reflect on, it would be a nice thing to see come our way. Thank you for the chance to serve God in a sharing way of our own thoughts and lives, we must never think that we are alone in this life with God, and this proves it. And to Lori, been there done that comes to mind, that past church is just that the past church, that is the dif between faith and religion, God bless you Lori and your daughter. Take care all. Reply Ian December 7, 2011 at 1:34 am I would identify myself with Samson. i , like him had a weakness for women . I accepted The Lord when i was 11 but from a fatherless choldhood,sexual sin became my medication. I had never given up but after 30 years of it i felt like giving up. Then last year God freed me of the guilt that the enemy had been chaining to me for years. Glory to God !!! As i have never felt this free. I now lead Worship at my Church and have grown very passionate about it . “when my body lies in the ruins of the lies that nearly ruined me ” Yes God picked up my peices that were pure and true and he Breathed life into them and set me free. Reply Leave a Reply to Jason Cancel ReplyName * Email * Website Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.