Category Archives: Purpose

Questions Jesus Asked in His Ministry

Sometimes people get the false impression that faith means learning the right answers. However, Jesus understood the importance of asking the right questions. Here are a few examples.

Questions of Priorities

The priorities I would write on paper and the priorities my choices write on the hours of my life sometimes begin to differ in the rush of living. A good question slices through the growing hypocrisy. Jesus understood the gap between intentions and actions, asking questions such as:

And why do you worry about clothes? (Matthew 6:28)

So, could you not watch with me one hour? (Matthew 26:40)

Why are you sleeping? (Luke 22:46)

Questions about Emotions

Jesus understood that faith is much more than intellectual assent. He knew that a good question presses beyond mere information to address the emotions driving our choices.

Why are you so afraid? (Mark 4:40)

Why are you crying? (John 20:15)

Does this offend you? (John 6:61)

Questions about Purpose

Jesus knew we are made for more than mere survival. Life is more than eating, sleeping, and working. Everyone has a greater purpose beyond just getting through the day. He asked people questions to help them get their focus beyond their immediate concerns to the larger spiritual truths.

But what about you? Who do you say that I am? (Matthew 16:15)

What do you want me to do for you? (Matthew 20:32)

Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? (Luke 5:22)

Honest answers to good questions grow our faith more than memorizing the right answers ever will.

 

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Connecting the Dots

In his 2005 Commencement address at Stanford University, Steve Jobs (1955-2011), co-founder of Apple Inc., made this statement:

“If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards 10 years later.”

Steve Jobs understood that we recognize purpose best in hindsight. Certain experiences become meaningful only as the future unfolds. With the passage of time, at least partial answers to the “why” questions regarding painful life circumstances can emerge.

Consider an athlete like Bethany Hamilton, a surfer who lost her left arm in a shark attack. She inspires others today because she first overcame hardship in her own life. Her pain became her platform for ministry.

Of course, not all pain we experience may be as dramatic as a shark attack. Sometimes pain comes through lost relationships or career setbacks. Only with time do you learn how your loss altered the course of your life. Years later, you may find that your geographical location, your present employment, and the birth of your children all exist as they are because your life was redirected through a loss. Everything you love about the present may have come into your life through an unwelcomed ending long ago.

The English romantic painter, John Constable (1776-1837), who is known for his beautiful landscape paintings, once remarked, 

“I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, – light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.” 

In many ways, your life is like a painting. When you look at your life from the right perspective, you find beauty. Each experience, both joyous and burdensome, creates a portrait of a life with purpose.

Questions to ponder: Do you believe that your present setback could become a future asset? When you connect the dots in your life, do you see mere coincidences or a greater purpose?

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The Power of a Good Question

I believe in the power of a good question. Questions promote discovery. Every scientific experiment starts with a question that leads to a hypothesis.

Why is the sky blue?

What causes uncontrolled growth in tumor cells?

How do plants convert sunlight into energy?

In life, questions can clarify your goals and sharpen your sense of purpose.

What do I do well?

How can I live life to the fullest?

Who matters the most to me?

Questions also reveal truth and cut through unnecessary complexity.

Do you love me?

Why wasn’t I invited?

What happened to all the cookies?

This new blog, Question Your Doubts, is all about asking questions. Questions to promote discovery. Questions to clarify your life goals. Questions to ignite a sense of purpose. Questions to reveal truth. Questions to strength your faith, your confidence, and your relationships. Thanks for visiting!