Don’t be pigeonholed, learn to dance.
Luke 22: 66-71 “At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. 67 “If you are the Messiah,” they said, “tell us.” Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, 68 and if I asked you, you would not answer. 69 But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” 70 They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied, “You say that I am.” 71 Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.”
Jesus was not letting the religious court of justice pigeonhole and categorise him. He turned their questions around. He didn’t deny who he was but he didn’t state it either, “You say that I am.”
To be pigeonholed is to have people stereotype you and summarise you in order to have an unfair advantage and opinion of you.
It is a lesson for us all.
The only person that truly knows you is your gracious, loving, forgiving and merciful God.
The enemy of your soul will want to categorise you in order to box you in, entrap you and lead you through the pathway of accusation to sentence you unfit for service. He wants you cornered.
Learn to dance. Don’t give away your identity, who you really are, to people you do not trust. It is the most precious thing you have.
Jesus does this expertly. Even in Mark’s gospel (14:60-62) the translation is probably the other way round, instead of ‘I am’ many think it reads ‘Am I?’ In all the gospels, Jesus is veiling his identity. Though he dances around, tantalising so.
“If I tell you ….”
“But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” Leading them to ask if He was the Son of God, a title reserved as the adopted chosen son of God, the Messiah.
The world doesn’t need to know you. God knows you. This doesn’t mean you become a recluse. But it does mean you learn to dance. You become unpredictable. You mix it up a bit. You work at not being the label people give you.
God truly knows you.
Protect your identity. Share it with the trusted.