BUT WHAT ABOUT YOU?
by Connie Borth
Scripture Focus: Luke 9:18-27
I recently read a Harvard Business Review article that stated, “Asking a lot of questions unlocks learning and improves interpersonal bonding.” I have absolutely seen this to be true as a parent. My natural tendency is to blurt out commands like, “Stop hitting your brother!” or “You aren’t the parent!” But when I pause long enough to ask them a good question, I instead open up a conversation about their heart, thoughts, and motives behind their actions.
Jesus was the master of asking good questions. Jesus knew people were believing and saying many things about him. Instead of saying, “this is who I am”, he paused and asked a good question that led to a conversation about their heart, thoughts, and motives. “Who do the crowds say I am?” That one was easy to answer because it was a simple fact, people were saying all kinds of things; John the Baptist, Elijah, one of the prophets who had come back to life. But it’s Jesus’ follow up question that caused deep self-discovery on what they believed about Jesus. He asks, “But what about you? Who do you say I am?” Peter, answering for the group, “You are the Christ (Messiah) of God!”
I think Jesus has this question for his followers today. “But what about you? Who do you say I am?” Let’s spend our day reflecting on that question. How does the way that we interact with our friends communicate who we say Jesus is? Our families? Our coworkers? Our neighbors?
Reflection: As you consider Jesus’ question, “But what about you? Who do you say I am?”, throughout your day, take hold of every open opportunity you can to speak of your relationship with Jesus.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for this question, “But what about you? Who do you say I am?”. I believe as Peter did, “You are the Christ of God!” May my life declare this belief today.