Mr. Answer Man

  • John 3:3 (NKJV) Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Beware lest you just answer questions and not the questioner.jacob-jordaens-jesus-instructing-nicodemus

You’ve probably noticed how Jesus consistently dodged this danger. Someone would rush up to Jesus and ask him a question and He would respond with an answer that seemed to be completely unrelated and off base. However, what He was doing was moving beyond the question and answering the questioner—zeroing in on the real issue.

There is a danger for we preachers and teachers—we can become so consumed preparing sermons and lessons that solve problems, answer questions, and “fix” people that we fail to really minister to the questioner.

Trust me, in your class or congregation tomorrow, the issue being raised is seldom the real issue, the question being asked is seldom the real question, and the complaint being pressed is seldom the real complaint.

I encourage you to press in; listen; probe a little; get to the root of the matter. Don’t blow people off with a quick answer and a simplistic quick fix—not if you really care about them and want to really help them.

“When we are with anyone who is suffering, we should never give words without love, and we should never give answers without knowledge.” _Os Guinness, Unspeakable, p. 205

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