Jesus asked them a question: “What do you think about the Christ?” MATTHEW 22:42
Have you ever been moved to write a letter to someone who was making some bad decisions in life and needed a good dose of “talking to”? In a situation like this, it is difficult to avoid becoming fairly pious and preachy, even when trying to say things in a nice, persuasive, tough-love kind of way.
I know a man who felt compelled to write one of those letters not too long ago. A business acquaintance of his was getting dangerously close to walking away from his wife and family, and my friend wanted to be a voice of godly perspective in this man’s life. But instead of filling his letter with direct warnings and admonishments, he simply asked his friend a series of questions.
With each one, he took his friend farther out in years. He asked him things like, “What do you want your life to look like at the end?” and “How do you expect your children to eulogize you?”
Questions, not answers.
If you feel bottled up and ineffective as a Christian witness, is it possible that it is because you think you need to know everything? Is it any coincidence that the greatest Christian witness of all time—Jesus Christ Himself—so often responded to people’s questions by asking them questions in return?
Who do you think Jesus Christ is?
If Christ doesn’t pay the penalty for your sins, then who will?
If you were to die right now and God were to ask you what right you have to heaven and eternal life, how would you answer Him?
When you ask questions of your neighbors and others in your life, you can open true lines of dialogue. Don’t feel the need to do all the talking. The doors you open by getting others to wrestle with God—and not argue with you—are usually the widest ones for people to walk through.
Think of some questions you could use naturally in your interactions with others to get them thinking about their relationship with God.
That He would give you His heart and eyesight for lost sheep.