We have written about seven questions that Jesus asked during his earthly ministry. They were important, probing questions that need to be answered because our answers to them tell a great deal about ourselves and our relationship with Jesus.
But the seven are only the tip of the iceberg.
There are many more, but I am going to ask you to check them out for yourself. Here’s what I challenge you to do in the next two or three weeks. Choose any of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) and read through it and pick out any place where Jesus makes an inquiry of someone.
Next, mark that place. Underline the verse, circle the verse or, if you feel like any mark in your Bible is showing disrespect, place a tiny erasable pencil mark next to it. The idea is to be able to go back through and concentrate on each question.
I know that this may not seem like ‘devotional Bible reading’ but it is… and so much more.
Remember this: It’s far more important for God’s Word to go through you, than for you to go through God’s Word.Reading the Bible is very important, but you can read it and not absorb it into your heart. You can read and not pay attention. However, you may profit spiritually from the input from just half a verse that sinks in deeply and changes you, than from reading several chapters and allowing nothing you read to sink in and change you.
Now, once you’ve located the questions, go back over them and wait for God to prompt you about one of them. It may be a question that hints at disobedience, or stirs your faith to believe better, sooner and more completely.
It could cause you to examine priorities or recent attitudes. Jesus always wanted his questions to probe deeply… no small talk from the Son of God. He has important places to go, people to see and lives to change. And He wants you with him in this ministry!
So don’t think it odd that He would take the time to get you thinking about several things: changes you need to consider, the thrill of getting to work alongside Him in sharing your faith and his salvation or just instilling a powerful desire to pull up close to Him and let your life work more strategically with his.
Questions… always our pathway to maturity!