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How would you respond to the following questions from the Doug Fields book, Would You Rather…?
During a recent senior high Sunday school class, I had students select a number at random, and I asked the corresponding question from, Would You Rather...? Some answers were quite humorous. Others allowed for follow-up questions and opportunities to dig deeper into the reasons “why” for the answers that were given. As the students began to inquire more deeply from each other, I witnessed a deeper connection and a deepening of their relationships.
“Our questions,” I told my class, “can reveal more than just what is on our minds. Questions can reveal what is on our hearts. If you were to ask Jesus three questions, what would they be?”
I gave them about 10 minutes to write down three questions on a small scrap of paper. I explained that there are no questions off-limits to God. He can handle our questions, doubts, fears... everything. Here is a small sample of the responses I received:
If you were to ask Jesus three questions, with the assurance that he would give you an immediate answer, what would they be? Why not pause from continuing to read further into this article until you have written down your three questions. Take your time. Take this seriously. Give yourself at least ten minutes...
Now that you have your questions written, ask yourself:
The next thing I asked the class to consider was what three questions could they think of that they could imagine Jesus asking them? Jesus often asked people questions not to gain answers, but to prod people toward deeper spiritual truths. Here are some examples, which you should examine in context, to see the bigger picture:
If Jesus were to ask you three questions, what would they be? Pause, again, from continuing to read further until you have written down your three questions. Give yourself another ten minutes.
Now that you have recorded these questions, ask yourself again:
Let’s take a look at the Gospel of John, chapter 1, verses 35-39.
When Jesus engaged with the two disciples of John the Baptizer who had left their master to follow himself, he asked what I perceive to be one of the most honest and open questions I have come across in all of Scripture: What do you want?
I asked my class to consider the answer to that question. I, myself, have pondered that question many times, with many different responses. In Psalm 37, David wrote of the importance of trusting in God for all things. All things is everything, so in everything, we must put our confidence in God, whether our questions go unanswered, or His questions reveal our fragility in faith. In verse 4, David writes,
I have never understood this passage to mean that God will give me what I want; whatever my heart desires. I have always understood this to mean that by placing God at the head of my life, He would then direct my desires to be in alignment with his desires.
What do you want?
What stands in the way?