All of us, throughout our lives, make hundreds of important choices and decisions. The most significant usually relate to choosing a life partner, our career, and major financial commitments such as buying a house. Indeed, each day we make many decisions. Most are inconsequential—choosing what to wear or eat; deciding when to mow the lawn etc. Some of our choices have a compounding effect—for good or bad. A series of poor choices can lead to a lifetime of heartache—we can probably all think of examples.
There’s an interesting passage in the bible (Mark 8) that describes a lively debate about Jesus, who had recently performed several miracles. Crowds of people were following him around, trying to work out who he was.
Some people said John the Baptist, believing he had come back to life after recently being killed by King Herod; others thought Jesus was the prophet Elijah, who the Jews believed would return to restore the kingdom of God; some thought he was a prophet.
Jesus, aware of the speculation, asked his disciple Peter: “But you, who do you say I am?” Peter answered: “You are the Christ (Messiah).”
The bible says our own answer to this question will be the most important decision we ever make. It will have eternal consequences. If this is true, it's a question that deserves careful consideration.
- This article was first published in the Orange City Life newspaper on 24/05/2018