If you are like me, you probably are more interested in finding answers to your questions than asking them. Life with all its little details and decisions seems to throw more questions our way than we think we can handle. But I am beginning to learn the importance of asking questions because to do so may help steer me in the right direction.
There are many people who make their living by asking the right questions. Lawyers ask questions, trying to unlock information, which might help the accused to be cleared of wrongdoing. Pollsters ask questions trying to feel the pulse of public opinion about an important political or moral issue. Medical doctors ask patients where they hurt and how they can describe their pain in order to come up with the proper diagnosis.
Now, suppose I know what the most important question to ever be asked is, would you be interested to know it? Before you say “yes”, I have to warn you though, because you will be forced to give your personal answer to that question! Okay-you’re sure you want to know?!
None other than Jesus asks the most important question! We first find him posing this same question to Peter, who had just lied about him three times. Today he is asking you and me:
“Do You love me”?
Notice he didn’t ask: “Do you go to Church”? Or “Do you feel spiritual or religious”? Or “Did you do enough good deeds”? Or “Do you call yourself after my name (Christian)”? The measuring stick for having a true relationship with him is whether we love him or not!
God’s Word says that the person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love-so we can’t know him if we don’t love. God’s kind of love is shown by Him sending his son into the world as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.
What is your response to the most important question? Do you love Jesus with all your heart, passion and intelligence?
© 1997 Volkhard Graf, YWAM Native Ministries
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