The Most Important Question You Will Answer

by Lee Buford on March 11, 2010

Back in October I had the privilege of attending Indian Field Camp Meeting, a yearly ritual for the good folks of Dorchester County. If you’ve ever attended such an event I don’t have to tell you that people show up from miles around for a week of worship, preaching, and the best “country cooking” you’ll find anywhere.

The food, fun, and fellowship were as good as expected. The sermons were BETTER!

And, quite honestly, I wasn’t expecting to be hit with “the most important question I would ever have to answer.” But that’s how God works…and I’m so thankful for it!

Dr. George Mathison, Senior Minister at Auburn United Methodist Church in Auburn, Alabama, delivered a message that blew me away…and from the conversations afterwards, I wasn’t the only one! His message centered around this:  “The Most Important Question You Will Ever Answer.”

I know…you’re probably thinking, “THE most important question…EVER? There are a lot of important questions.” You’re right. But none more important than this…

In Matthew 16, the Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Jesus. They asked questions and demanded signs to prove His identity. In verse 13, Jesus asks His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They inform Him that some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and some say Jeremiah or one of the prophets.

It is at this point, in verse 15, where Jesus asks His disciples the most important question they would ever answer…the most important question you and I will ever answer:

“But who do you say that I am?”

The answer to this one question determines everything thereafter. Is He “Lord and Savior” to you, or do you respond with a different answer?

The late A. W. Tozer captured the importance of our answer to this question when he said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

Take some time to read and pray through these verses of scripture, and then ask yourself the question: “Who do I say that He is?”.

And remember, your answer is the most important one you will ever give.

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briantillotson March 11, 2010 at 9:10 am

Very nicely done Lee. This does make you look inside yourself and ask that question. Just make sure you know how to answer it! All the best! Brothers in Christ! ~B


Lee Buford March 11, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Thanks, Brian! It's a great question, not only relative to salvation, but also relative to our daily actions and how we should desire to seek and serve Him. Safe travels, my friend!


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