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Saturday/Sunday: February 1, 2019

The Pointed Questions

“Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good works.“ (Hebrews 10:24)

Jesus asked great questions. He asked the rich young ruler in Mark 10:18, ”Why do you call Me good?”  He asked the paralytic, “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6). In John 6:67, after many of His followers left Him due to His "radical" teaching, Jesus asked his disciples, “Will you too go away?" He asked the blind man He had healed, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” (John 9:35). Even in brief encounters, He always seemed to get to questions that had penetrating and lasting value, leading the hearer to contemplate his/her deepest desires and beliefs. 

I do not have that gift. I manage my conversations so that they are often a mile wide, but rarely do they penetrate beyond an inch in their depth. I may leave an encounter knowing what one thinks about the weather, their favorite sports team, or how they feel about politics. If I am really on, I may even learn the opinion of their current church or how much they know about certain Christian doctrines, but seldom do I know about their experiences with Christ.

I am not talking about being the Christian who hits others over the head with his 5 pound study Bible with its lexicon and 20 pages of maps. I don't want people to scurry when they see me coming. But in this world in which people operate at breakneck speed and would rather communicate with bumper stickers or an emoji, we have to use our opportunities wisely (Colossians 4:5). We must seize the opportunities presented in our encounters and be more like Jesus in getting to the heart of the matter. The more we encourage others to think seriously about Christ, the better off we will all be.

Question: What does your typical conversation leave people thinking about?

Challenge: Be a more intentional Christian in your conversations.

Prayer: Father, I want to learn to ask the right questions of those I encounter. Old friends and new acquaintances alike. Give me the words that will point them to you.

Chris Hail, Chapel Leader -- Jackson Generals

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