Don’t Be Afraid of the Questions

Posted on October 3, 2022 by Elizabeth Welte in Freedom Fighters

I recently listened to a podcast on leadership, and the facilitator said that a good leader learns to ask lots of questions vs. always pontificating all he knows.

One of my mentors used to say that questions are important if you want to grow. A good physician asks lots of questions. You probably remember the times you visit the optician and are asked questions like, is #1 better than #2 or is #2 better than three? Good questions help to make the right diagnosis.

Dr. Paul David Tripp provided a great list of questions to help see down into our hearts.

Are you growing in your faith? Do you care if you’re not?

Have you become satisfied with a little bit of Bible knowledge and a little bit of doctrinal understanding?

Have you stopped feeding on the spiritual food of God’s grace even though that grace has not yet come anywhere near to finishing its work in you?

Do you hunger for the grace you’ve been given to continue to do its transforming work in the places where there’s evidence that there’s more work to be done?

Are you satisfied with being a little more religious or a little more spiritual?

Could it be that you claim to be a believer, but are satisfied to have parts of your life shaped by other values?

Does your relationship with God really shape the way you think about and act in your marriage, in your friendships, in your parenting, in your job, in your finances, as a citizen or neighbor, in your private pursuits, or in your secret thoughts and desires?

As you examine yourself, are you able to be satisfied in places where God is not? Are you pursuing the grace that you’ve been given because you know that you regularly demonstrate that you are not yet a grace graduate?

Wow, those are deep questions that would be easy to pass over and say, “not now – I don’t want to deal with this.”

But asking questions like these will help us “grow in grace so we don’t groan in disgrace.” (Dr. John DeBrine)

I love how Tripp concludes his devotional on September 29 in New Morning Mercies:

“The cross of Jesus welcomes you to be honest because all the places where you need to be honest have been covered by the blood of Jesus. And remember too that it takes grace to admit how much you still need grace. That grace is yours in Jesus.”

Take some time this week to work through these questions. No one is looking over your shoulder – it’s just you and God. You can be honest with him with the answers – after all, He’s God – He already knows!

Have a blessed day.

Undivided: By Christ, in Christ, for Christ,

Bill Welte, President/CEO
America’s Keswick


Written by Bill Welte: President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his childhood sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 12 amazing grandkids. He loves music and is an avid reader.

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