Jesus asks a lot of great questions, which are recorded throughout the Gospels. There are remarkable questions like, “Who do you say that I am?” and questions of interpretation, such as “What is written in the law? How do you read it?”The list could go on and on.
Why did Jesus ask so many questions? (I know…a question.) One thing I’ve noticed about questions is that they almost always continue a conversation. The right question elicits a response, while a statement can end conversation quickly. Questions keep the thoughts flowing. Questions can be like sparks that can light the fire of good dialogue.
To engage in thoughtful living, we must ask good questions. Just like questions keep a conversation moving as we engage with others, the right questions can help us immensely as we strive to move forward in our walk with God.
Some months ago, I came across an article by Gordon MacDonald, who is the editor-at-large at Leadership Journal. In what MacDonald calls “Your Most Important Conversation,” he lists questions that he has personally used for years as he evaluates his own life on the Sabbath. “Debriefing with yourself and God,” as MacDonald calls it, is an exercise of great value to encourage thoughtful living.
This week, I am planning a long walk on the Sabbath, and I’m trading in my iPod for several of these thought-provoking questions. I’ll let you know how my personal debrief goes. If you choose to use some of MacDonald’s questions, I’d love to hear about how it works for you.