The Third Question
GOD’S OPINION MATTERS THE MOST.
In Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked his followers, “Who do people say that I am?” and “Who do you say that I am?” But there is a third question that doesn’t appear in the sacred texts of the Gospel; nonetheless, it is worthy of our consideration. It is a question that may also help us to understand and answer the Jesus question.
The third question is this: Who does Jesus say that you are?
Jesus says you are a child of God. Jesus says you are infinitely valuable. Anytime you don’t believe that, you are living in a state of deception, disconnected from the deepest, truest reality.
Over and over, throughout the Scriptures, Jesus tries to affirm our value: “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). You are my brothers and sisters (Matthew 12:50). You are so valuable that God has counted and keeps track of every hair on your head (Luke 12:7).
So often the world wants to belittle us and put us down. The world can be so impersonal, reducing us to numbers or defining us by our functions. But Jesus offers a radically different view.
In great contrast to the depersonalization of the world, Jesus affirms God’s personal interest in you, even to the numbering of the hairs on your head. Jesus wants to raise you up. And more than anything else, he affirms that your value is not derived from what you do, but from who you are—a child of God.
Excerpt taken from Chapter 7 of Matthew Kelly’s new bestseller Rediscover Jesus. Get your free copy here (just pay shipping).
Do you value yourself anywhere near as much as Jesus values you?
Read the four short Scriptures verses from the book excerpt, but when you read them, replace “You are” with “I am.”
Jesus, thank you for revealing yourself to me. Thank you for all you have done for me. Thank you for loving me even more than I love myself.