Jesus-Centered: The Second and Only Question That Really Matters
The Second Question Question That Matters In Your Life
"At the core of who we really are--the most basic truth about our identity--is this: "He's with me." More than our accomplishments and failures and gifts and irritations, we are defined by what Jesus says about us, and by his determination to reclaim us and include us in his kingdom-of-God life. When he says, "You're with me," that's all we, or anyone else, need to know. We find ourselves in him." --Rick Lawrence, The Jesus-Centered Life
"So...what do you do?"
This is the question we're most frequently asked today when we meet new people. It's the first way we identify who we are, and what we're about. We're marketers, nurses, lawyers, electricians, software developers, waitresses, and stay-at-home moms.
Except that we know what we do doesn't fully encompass who we are.
Who does Jesus say you are?
We use a lot of things to define who we are: our jobs, expectations from friends and family, things we were told in childhood, labels we've been given, failures, successes. And so on. But do these things really contain the truth of who we are?
As we see in the encounter of Peter and Jesus that Rick mentions in the video, Jesus has the answer to this question. When we draw near to him, he does something revelatory: he shows us who we really are. And when we embrace his truth, we become our most authentic version of ourselves, and are freed to pursue the unique purpose he's given us.
Try this 5-minute idea:
In Matthew 16:18-19, Jesus gives Peter a new name. He does the same with James and John, calling them "the sons of thunder" (Mark 3:17). In a similar fashion, get to a quiet place and ask Jesus to place in your mind a word or phrase that describes you. What do you hear? If what you hear seems odd, try not dismiss it right away. Instead, let it sit with you and pray for more insight. See what happens.
For more ideas like this, plus other Jesus-centered thoughts and ideas, download a free sample chapter of The Jesus-Centered Life.