Have you ever read a book that changed your life? Sometimes it doesn’t take a whole book, but just a sentence to change your life. When I was twenty years old I asked for cash for Christmas, but instead my mom gave me a book. At first I was disappointed, but then I began reading the book. The book was by A.W. Tozer and was called The Knowledge of the Holy, and on the first few pages sat a sentence that changed my life.
What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.
This is a bold claim. It makes sense. Think about it. What you think about God is the most important thing about you because it shapes everything else in your life. What you believe (or don’t believe) about God drives how you live. If you think of God as a thunderbolt-throwing deity, watching everything you do and waiting for you to misbehave so he can blast you, that’s going to cause you to live with quite a bit of fear and anxiety. Or if you think of God as a Santa Claus in the sky who exists to give you gifts and entertain, that’s going to cause you to live as though God exists to serve your every wish and need. But if you have a true view of God, a biblical view, that will greatly affect how you live as well. A true view of God will both radically disturb your life and set you free. What comes into your mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you. It will shape your life and shape the epitaph written on your gravestone.
…Every thinking person should have a list of life questions, and at the top of that list should be the question, “Does God exist, and if so, what is he like?”
-From pages 25-27 of my book, The Big Story.