At the start of a new school year, it’s common to hear these questions whirling in the breeze: "What do you plan on doing after graduation?" or "What career path are you on?"
Both are reasonable questions. (Not always with a ready answer, however.)
There are other weighty questions we should ask ourselves at certain, pivotal junctures in life. The result may prove to mark a significant turning point in our lives. But not all lead to Life. Or contain the Answer to all of life.
Like these, of eternal consequence:
Like the question Jesus asked of His disciples: "Who do you say I am?" (Mt 16:13-16)
Or the one Pilate asked the crowd: "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" (Mt 27:22a)
Or this one Jesus asked the Twelve: "You do not want to leave too, do you?" (John 6:60-69)
It seems inevitable that every one of us will face a similar question, in some relative form.
Mediate deeply upon them—as though your whole life depended on it. It does! For these are questions for life. And not just this life!
Ponder the passages above. Consider each context. Envision a fitting scenario in your life. Then imagine Jesus asking you for your answer.
It might be difficult . . . uncomfortable even. But press on.
Ask God to search the depths of your heart—peeling back every layer to its core—revealing your most honest answer.
They have stabbed at my heart in times past, bringing tears to my eyes—tears of anguish and tears of joy. But there is a peace that follows when you’ve finally settled the matter.
We might journey far in this life, still never quite sure what we want to be when we grow up. But the gravity of those questions pales by comparison to the ones regarding the Author of Life.
You'll want to have a ready answer.