We find a satisfying answer to the most important question

Dear friends in Fallbrook,

As I flicked my way through Twitter recently I came across an Inc. Magazine column called, “3 Questions From Clayton Christensen That Changed My Life Forever.” Now, that kind of headline is designed to make you click—which is exactly what I did.

Clayton Christensen is a noted American scholar, educator, and business consultant. He is perhaps best known for his theory of “disruptive innovation.” Christensen is a smart man, and his business theories are enjoying popular success. But what about those three, life-changing questions? That’s what I clicked for, and here they are:

  1. What did my 10-year-old self dream of?
  2. What kind of spouse, parent, and friend do I want to be?
  3. What do I stand for?

These are certainly good questions to ponder as you consider your life. Is your life lining up with your dreams? Are you striving to be the kind of person you want to be? And in the final reckoning, what do you stand for?

But what if the answers to these questions aren’t so exciting? What if the answers change your life, but for the worse? What if your career is a far cry from your childhood passion? What if you are anything but the kind of spouse, parent, and friend you want to be? What if you fall for everything because you stand for nothing?

Let me ask another question: What if our questions leave us hopeless?

Lutherans have a category for these kinds of questions. We call them “law.” Not law like what the Congress passes, the President signs, and the courts test, but words that only ever say “do this” but leave everything undone. Sure, there’s a place for these kinds of questions, but if we consume a steady diet of law we’ll wither and die from the inside out.

What if the one question that could change your life forever is the one from Jesus of Nazareth, “Who do you say that I am?” What if the answer to that question leaves nothing undone but says that everything is already done. What if instead of, “Do this, but it’s never done,” we heard from God himself, “Believe this and everything is already done?” Why, then your life might actually be changed—and not just here, but forever.

The rest of this month we’re paying close attention to what it means to be a Lutheran. And even if you aren’t a Lutheran you might find what makes us Lutheran refreshing because the center of our church and its theology is not “do this” but “believe this.” It’s not good advice, it’s good news—the one answer that will change your life forever.

We worship Sunday mornings at 9:30am, and I would love to see you with us one Sunday this month.

Serving in Christ,

Pastor Bassett