Solutions aren’t found in the answers…
… but in the questions!
One time or another we have probably all asked the question, “What is the meaning of life?” I think most that ask that question go through life looking for “the answer” and never find it. The problem is they are asking the wrong question.
Every person lives their life in the boundaries of a question. Most of the time that question is around someone’s definition of success. This definition of success many times is defined by things like wealth, power, position, fame, approval, happiness and any number of other self-centered desires. The “rich young man” in Mark 17 certainly was confronted with his ideas of success. Not only was he relying on his wealth for his success but on Jesus’ approval as well. Notice how he runs up to Jesus and addresses him, “Good teacher” and then wants Jesus’ approval of how good he was, “all these [the commandments] I have kept since I was a boy.”
Jesus was with his disciples one day in “the region of Caesarea Philippi”, and he asks them a couple of questions. The first question was about popular opinion, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" Their answer, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." (Stop and think about it. Their answer would be like a preacher today asking some of his elders who others were saying that he was and their answer was, “John Wesley, Martin Luther, Billy Graham or one of the mega church pastors.” Not bad company to be identified with!)
It was his second question though that was piercing. "’But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’" The writer doesn’t indicate one but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a long, maybe uncomfortable pause and then, “Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’"
When I stop and allow Jesus to ask me that question it begins to shape my life decisions. If I answer with the school of popular opinion, he is only a teacher, prophet, good guy, etc. then I can really put him aside and continue down my chosen path. But if I answer that question as Peter did, “you are the Christ, the Son of the living God” it begins to alter who I am and how I see and respond to the world around me.
Often time leaders try to lead their churches/organizations without first knowing what their personal question is. What happens is confusion within the organization as the leader tries to sort it out personally. In other words if the organization lacks clarity on direction look back to the leader and see if there is personal clarity.
You have probably spent at least 30 minutes of your life watching the TV game show Jeopardy. This is the show where contestants try to name the question that goes with the answer. Think about this…
If someone were to observe your life, would they be able to come up with the question that you live your life by?
This is the 2nd part of a 3 part series entitled “So…what’s the question”?
For the past thirty-nine years Wayne has served the Church in local churches ranging in size from 50 to 4,500, in two denominational roles as well with an international missions organization. Through these varied experiences God has developed in him a deep passion for His Church and the leaders that lead her.
Wayne’s calling is see the re-missionalization of the Church in North America! MORE>>