“I was focusing on Matthew’s gospel again this morning during my journaling time,” Stan said, “and I saw that Matthew recorded for me an absolutely essential question.”
Continuing, he said, “It was the essential question that one day I had to address and answer.”
“What was that?” I asked.
“As Jesus was entering Jerusalem with a large crowd going before Him, Matthew records that all of the city was stirred to ask, ‘Who is this?’”
Continuing, Stan said, “That is the essential question I had to ask. And it is the essential question each one of us has to ask. ‘Who is this?’”
“Not only ask,” Stan said, “but I had to be open to hearing the answer that would change everything. By getting the answer right and by accepting that answer, my eternal destination was changed forever.”
“Is it,” I asked, “a question that needs to be asked more than once?”
“Not in the sense of my eternal destination when it is time to get on the train. That only took getting the answer right, and accepting it, once. But I certainly need to be open to asking ‘Who is this?’ in regard to everything I am and everything I do on this side of eternity.”
“Who is this who wants me to deny myself?”
“Who is this who wants me to take up my cross?”
“Who is this who is seeking to lead me?”
“Who is this who wants me to follow Him?”
“And,” Stan added, “the Holy Spirit also asks the same question regarding me, but with a slightly different twist. He asks, in essence, who do I think I am that I can ignore the ‘Who’ in the ‘Who is this’?”
And when He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, “Who is this?” Matthew 21:10.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for leading me to ask and to accept the answer about who you are. Thank you for showing me so that I am assured that my eternal destination is to be with you forever when it is time. And thank you for showing me who you are and what you want for the rest of the time I have on this side of eternity. I confess that too often I do not ask and do not want to hear what you have for me. Please forgive me. And please, Lord, lead me exactly as you want. And help me to follow you, wherever you want, and whatever it may cost. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.