Spiritual Discipline. The term may not be as popular today, but it’s application for Christian leaders has never been more relevant. Given the rapidly changing cultural climate, we need a return to the fundamentals now more than ever! What are these fundamentals? Practices such as Scripture reading (memory & meditation), prayer, fasting, worship, serving, generous giving, church attendance, etc. Each of these is vital to the health and growth of Christ-followers and the Body of Christ as a whole. May I suggest one more?
Actually, I just did. Let me ask you a question… what if we followed the example of Jesus in asking just the right questions? Could we be missing out on many of the answers we seek because we aren’t asking enough questions?
Here are 4 reasons to make the asking of questions a purposed discipline in our lives…
1) Jesus did. There must be something to the lost art of inquiry seeing as though God the Son so often framed conversations in the form of a question. As a matter of fact, Jesus asked over 135 questions as recorded in the Gospels! Check out https://mondaymorningreview.wordpress.com/2010/05/14/137questionsjesusasked/ for a listing and a great post from Emmanuel Fellowship Church.
2) We don’t know it all. The deeper truth is, we don’t even know all we don’t know. Questions gather knowledge, not for the sake of knowing more, but for living more closely with and according to the Word of the One who does know it all. Paul’s prayer for the church in Philippi encouraged concerning the importance of knowledge, “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11, NIV)
3) Humility demands it. Of course, humility is anything but demanding. However, feeling and thinking we have all the answers or are the solution to everyone’s questions and problems is the perfect recipe for pride. Paul warned the believers in Corinth, “We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. But whoever loves God is known by God. (1 Corinthians 8:1-2, NIV)
Got a question? Swallow your pride and ask it! And, remember what our teachers taught us as kids… “The only stupid question is the one never asked.”
4) It isn’t about us. Who are you speaking to? What are their needs, their dreams, perspective, insights? What if we asked at least 2 questions in any conversation before making any statements? Besides sparing ourselves the embarrassment of confirming our ignorance, we might just invest in someone else in a more purposed way, deepen a relationship and maybe, just maybe, learn a little more along the way as leaders.
Take your leadership to another level and ask more and better questions daily! What questions do you have about the art of inquiry? Ask your questions and share your insights in the Reply section below…