We are all at different places in our walk with Jesus. Some of us have known Jesus for years. Others began their faith journey recently. Regardless of where you are on your faith journey, here are three questions that will help challenge your faith.
Who is Jesus?
This is an important question to ask yourself. Who is Jesus to you? Is he just some good teacher? Is he just your ticket to heaven? Do you really believe He rose from the dead? Do you try to get to know something about Him each day? Each of us must answer the question who is Jesus to us. We might say he’s our Lord, but is He really influencing the decisions we make and the things we do each day?
Jesus asked this question to His followers in Matthew 16:15. Peter piped up and said something amazing.
Then Jesus said to his followers, “And who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” – Matthew 16:15 (ERV)
Peter had answered this question for himself. He knew who Jesus was to him. So, ask yourself the same question. Who is Jesus to you?
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Who am I?
How you view Jesus determines to a big degree how you view yourself. If you haven’t trusted Jesus as your savior, then you’re going to feel like you’ve got to do something to earn heaven. If you haven’t ever spent time learning how Jesus feels about you and how much He loves you, then you’re not going to have His perspective on who you are.
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to find out what Jesus says about you. You do that by reading the Bible. Knowing how Jesus feels about you is powerful. It is what will keep you going when you feel like no one loves you. You can see that you have great value to God by reading the Bible.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous–how well I know it. – Psalm 139:14 (NLT)
What am I going to do?
Once you’ve determined who Jesus is and who you are, then you’ve got some work to do. What are you going to do about it? Are you going to keep the life change you’ve experienced in Jesus a secret? Or are you going to share it with others?
Are you going to let the way you live your life change as a result of knowing who Jesus is and who you are? Is knowing who you are in Jesus going to affect your day to day choices? As you realize that God loves you in a huge way, it helps you love others. It helps you be nice to the guy in math class that is always making fun of you. It helps you treat the girl on the bus better that is always calling you names.
Determine to live out of your relationship with Jesus. Let Jesus influence the things you say, the things you think about and the things you do.
God paid a very high price to make you his. So honor God with your body. – 1 Cor 6:20 (ERV)
No matter where you are in life, it’s good to stop and examine these three questions. If you’ve been a Christian for awhile, it’s good to remind yourself who Jesus is. If you’re a new Christian, its really good to think about these things to solidify your faith in God. No matter where you’re at in your walk with God, challenge yourself to think about these three questions and let the answers challenge you today to live for Jesus in what you think, say and do.