Did you know that Jesus’ first teaching and prophecy about the Church (foundation, function, and sure victory) was centered on a question? The Holy Spirit is asking you and I the same question today. It could be the most important question of you life.
Jesus… asked His disciples, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah…” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter…said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered…, “Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father… On this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom…whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Mt. 16:13-19)
Just like today, people had different views of Jesus. Some thought of him like John the Baptist, a holiness preacher with great dedication who fearlessly spoke the truth. Others saw him like Elijah, a prophet confronting the powers of darkness with supernatural power. And yet others viewed him like Jeremiah, the weeping prophet of compassion who tenderly cared for the people. After hearing the general opinion Jesus asks the question: But who do you say that I am?
What is the Most Important Question of Your Life?
On his book The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer states that what you think about God is the most important thing about you. He further says:
“The most revealing thing about the Church is found in her ideas of Jesus. Her most significant message is what she says about Him or leaves unsaid. A hundred lesser evils are caused by this one great lack of the knowledge of God.”
The most important question is: what do you think of Jesus?
Not, do you like Him? But, who do you imagine Him to be when you are quiet and alone? Perhaps your thoughts of Him are too few and low—a low view of Jesus keeps believers in bondage with a dull spirit and trapped in spiritual boredom.
Fascinated by His Majesty
Are you a minister of the Gospel? According to Jesus, you cannot build your ministry on Him if your life is not built in Him.
Please read that again—because a message worth having comes out of your encounters with Him, not merely out of your mind.
Tozer said it before and it is still true today, the most neglected subject in the kingdom of God is God Himself. We love to talk about relationship skills, leadership principles, economic principles, ministry skills and how to be happy and make life easier—all great subjects, I teach some of them myself—but what about HIM?
What about the unending riches Christ? What about the glory of God that shines in the face of Jesus? (2 Cor. 4:6).
It’s time to turn our focus back to the Lord and embrace the excellencies of knowing Him—that HE may become our ultimate desire and magnificent obsession.