How you look? Definitely not.
How ’bout who your parents are or how much money you make? Nope.
What about where you live or work or go to church? Uh-uh.
The most important thing about you cannot be measured by any natural means. We spend countless hours investing in all of these things but none of them is the most important thing about us. THE MOST important thing about you is, drum roll please…
…what you think about God.
Without question this is the most important thing about you. Here’s why: Your view of God affects everything thing you think, feel and do. It is the key influencer of all of your thoughts and actions. Often when I have recognized brokenness in my soul, after praying, I realized the problem was with the way I was thinking about God. I was acting or feeling a certain way because I was thinking wrong thoughts about God. Once I was able to see what God was really like, my heart changed, which in turn changed my emotions and actions. Your identity, emotional chemistry, and ultimately your entire approach to life is based principally on one thing: what you think about God.
Of course this idea did not originate with me. A.W. Tozer is responsible. “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” (A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy (New York: HarperCollins, 1978).
I remember the first time I began to wade into the depths of Tozer’s classic. Once I decided I could deal with language that was deeper than a 5th grade level, I was blown away. Tozer sliced me up convicting me of idolatry within the first three pages.
“Hardly any other (sin) is more hateful to God than idolatry, for idolatry at bottom, is libel on His character. The idolatrous heart assumes that God is other than He is…The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts that are unworthy of Him. It begins in the mind and may be present where no overt act of worship has taken place…The idolater simply imagines (false) things about God and acts as if they were true.” I was undone. I realized that much of what I thought I knew about God was fatefully flawed. I was exposed as an idolater, relating to God through a lens that was altogether inferior of Him.
What about you? Are the things you think about God true to who He is? Don’t be too quick to answer. Recognize this, whatever you know about God is miniscule compared to what there is to know of Him; He is INFINITE. At best our knowledge of God only represents a fraction of a fraction of what’s available to know of Him.
It’s only after we come to grips with the fact that our view of God may be flawed and a bit lacking that we can begin to change the most important thing about us. It takes time. Your view of God doesn’t change overnight. But the opportunity for change is limitless because He is limitless. When we humbly approach God in prayer and the Word He is more than willing to open the eyes of our understanding and release revelation to us.
Since those days of being shredded by Tozer’s book, I have made the pursuit of the knowledge of God a principle passion of my life. Over a decade later, He’s still opening my eyes To Know Him more. I want to encourage you to seek Him out in a fresh way and allow Him to change the most important thing about you.