What Are You Thinking?

In the post What Are You Teaching?, I asked you to examine if you were sharing about God what Jesus and His followers documented through His Word. Today, I am asking you What Are You Thinking? Actually, one could state that thinking should have proceeded teaching because we are a function of what we think. If we repeatedly think something without an alternative view, we will say and do what we have been thinking. It is in the correct teaching that the alternative view can be provided to correct us.

In John 7, the Jews were divided in answering What Are You Thinking? about Jesus. The text below shows us that some said “He is a good man” while others said “No, he deceives people”. Let me say this now. What Are You Thinking? about Jesus will ultimately determine whether you will spend eternity with God or away from God. Jesus taught the truth, so the correct view could be obtained. What did Jesus teach? In short, we are told in What Are You Teaching?. The cliffnote response is that Jesus taught that He was God and was sent from God to atone for man’s sins. In doing so, Christ offers man the opportunity to be forgiven of his sins which enables man to be in union with God. That is to have a relationship with God where man experiences God as God intended before sin entered the world with Adam and Eve.

Here is this text though, the people primarily did not have the most honoring and positive thoughts about Jesus. We can surmise that from the text and what Jesus spoke about.

11 Now at the festival the Jewish leaders were watching for Jesus and asking, “Where is he?” 12 Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, “He is a good man.” Others replied, “No, he deceives the people.” 13 But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the leaders.

14 Not until halfway through the festival did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach. 15 The Jews there were amazed and asked, “How did this man get such learning without having been taught?”

16 Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. 17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. 18 Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. 19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?” 20 “You are demon-possessed,” the crowd answered. “Who is trying to kill you?”

Jesus answered their expressed question and their implied purpose. They did not want to know the truth because their goal was not to do the will of God, but their very own. Jesus puts it bluntly when He said, “Why are you trying to kill me?” Does that not reveal What Are You Thinking? about Jesus. They were trying to kill Jesus because He was a threat to their position and limited power the Romans gave them.

In essence, Jesus is saying that we can assess What Are You Thinking? about Jesus by your actions. If one chooses to do the will of God, they will find out that Jesus came from God teaching what God directed. On the contrary, those who choose not to pursue Christ evidences what they think about Jesus. It comes down to how you pursue life. If you are pursuing life for yourself, Jesus conveyed that you are living a lie. You are not living life as God intended; however, if you are pursuing life to glorify God, Jesus conveys that you are a man/woman of truth.

Which are you? A person of truth or a person of lies. You can tell us whatever you want, but Jesus says you reveal What Are You Thinking? by your actions. Examine yourself. Where are you, pursuing self or pursuing the Savior?


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