What do you think is the most important thing about you?
I had never thought about this until I came across a quote from A.W. Tozer where he says:
“The most important thing about you is what you think about when you think about God.”
Whether or not this is actually the most important thing about us, Tozer is right and what we think about when we think about God is REALLY important.
Why Is It So Important?
Consider for a moment why your understanding of God might be the most important thing about you.
* We were separated from God because our minds were darkened and we were blind to truth about God. See 2 Cor. 4:4.
* Repentance literally means “to change your mind.” Therefore, conversion is a radical change in what you think about God.
* Sanctification happens as we gaze at God’s glory. See 2 Cor. 3:18.
* Glorification will be the result of seeing God as he is. See 1 John 3:2.
In other words, wrong thinking about God will lead you to hell! It is ultimately what separates Christians from non-Christians. All of eternity is at stake and what could be more important than that?
Not only does wrong thinking about God effect our eternal destinies but also our every day lives as Christians. A wrong view of God will seriously hinder our spiritual growth and fruitfulness.
Haven’t you ever observed in the scriptures and in your own life experiences that having the right perspective about God makes all the difference? A right view of God in the midst of trials and sufferings will give us hope and joy regardless of our circumstances. (See Hab. 3:17-19; Job 1; Phil 4:10-19; Rom. 8:12-39; and so many more).
Throughout the word of God we our taught that by thinking about, meditating on, and knowing God we will become more like God. The amazing thing is that in 1 John 3:2 explains that when Christ returns “we shall be like him because we shall see him as he is.” This means for all eternity we will be seeing, thinking, and knowing God so that we will continue to be like him.
I hope in your reading of scripture you see the extreme importance of what you think about when you think about God.
Behold Your God!
When people go to church they might think they need to hear practical tips about living or a motivational speech to get them through the week or maybe an uplifting message with some funny stories, but that is so far from what they really need. They need GOD!
I want to be the kind of pastor, husband, father, friend, and neighbor that gives people God. I want my life and teaching to be saturated with the God of the Bible and pointing others to his supreme glory.
Isaiah 40:9 says:
“Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, ‘Behold your God!’”
The best part of the verse is the last part where God tells them what they are supposed to say to the people in the cities of Judah. He gives them three words…”BEHOLD YOUR GOD!”
The good news can be summarized in three words. For when we think rightly about God we will think rightly about ourselves. When we think rightly about ourselves we will think rightly about our sin. When we think rightly about our sin we will think rightly about our need for a savior. When we think rightly about God we will know that He is the savior that we need. For when we think rightly about God we will repent and change our mind. We will turn from the gods we have been worshipping and we will put our hope and trust in Him alone.
If you are not convinced that “Behold your God” is a good summary of the good news, then I would encourage you to just read the rest of the chapter. Carefully and slowly read Isaiah 40:9-31 out loud and notice what comes right after the phrase “Behold your God!” There is very little that you could do right now that would be a more valuable use of your time then to slowly read and meditate on Isaiah 40.