Our ultimate concern

May 24, 2020

Scripture Readings

“I want to live a life that matters.”

“I want to make a difference.”

Can you identify with these statements? I just counted 21 books on my shelves dealing with themes about finding purpose, success, significance and meaning. It seems that all of us are on a journey and heading somewhere. But where?  

Today’s passages help guide us towards what should be our ultimate concern. In John 14:6, the words of Jesus are profound. “Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” Our ultimate concern is to have a vibrant relationship with our Father God.  

But how do we approach a Holy God without fear and shame? Jesus responds with a bold and clear answer that has defined Christianity for 2000 years. He declares, “I am the only way to the Father.”  

Let’s look further at the words of Jesus we read today:

“I am the Way” — Jesus wants to be the leader of our lives. He invites us to be Christ followers. We live in a world that often seems confused, lost and morally upside down. Jesus does not just tell us the way. Rather, he wants to travel right beside us as our leader and guide. He offers us a life of purpose and meaning with eternal significance as we listen to him and learn from him.

“I am the Truth” — The truth of God is a beautiful thing, and Jesus embodied that truth.  Today’s passage from 1 Samuel illustrates how Saul had big problems being obedient and truthful. Saul faced serious consequences and was rejected as the King of Israel. Truth matters in the kingdom of God.

“I am the Life” — I’ll bet that you notice when you meet life-giving people. These are the people who bless you. They are attentive and present when you speak with them. They seem to have peace of mind and heart. They have a quiet confidence that reflects authentic joy.  They encourage with sincerity. These are the characteristics I see in Jesus, the ultimate life-giving son of God. “I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10b

As we address our ultimate concern, let us:

“Live as he lived.”

“Love as he loved.”

“Serve as he served.”

Steve Harmer