And he asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Mark 8:27
We live in a society in which much precedence is put on questions. Our pursuit to understand the world leads the modern thinker from one question to the next. Often however, society spends too much time contemplating the wrong questions. We must ask the right questions in order to seek the answers we need. The Bible, like society, is full of questions. It is important however that we pay great attention to these questions. God is posing questions for us to think about. He doesn’t ask for his sake, but for ours. He wants us to delve into them and seek out the answers for our self, like a great teacher, he desires to teach us.
So, when Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” He is also asking each of us to answer this same question today in our lives. Not for his sake, but for ours. Why does it matter who we say that He is? It matters because as Christians, we have a savior who suffered and overcame death so that we may share in eternal life. If our ultimate goal is to remain with Him for all eternity, should this question not change our perspective here on earth? Perhaps with this perspective in mind daily, we might come to focus more on Him and who He is instead of the daily inconveniences and stress of a fast-paced society. Ultimately, we are being invited to act in accordance with our answer to this question. Our response should be made visible in our actions and our words and be reflected in every relationship we have. So may we today, just as the disciples did, reflect on this question and let the answer transform our lives.