When God Ask Questions: What were you talking about?

When God asks questions it’s not because he’s hoping we’ll give him information. It’s more like when a teacher calls on a student: the purpose is to find out if they know the answer.

This is part of a series (weekly-ish) where we’ll look at some of the questions God asks in the Bible, and ask them of ourselves.


Mar 9:33  And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.  And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”

What were they discussing? Religious pedigree. Rank. They were vying for superiority. There’s a common obsession—we want to be noticed, we want to stand out, we want to be the next big thing.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity: 

“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.  We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good looking, but they are not.  They are proud of bring richer, or cleverer, or better-looking than others.  It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest.  If I am a proud man, then, as long as there is one man in the whole world more powerful, or richer, or cleverer than I, he is my rival and my enemy…Pride is a spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.

How much energy do we spend making sure that we rank properly?  How much money do we waste?  How much of our hearts affections?  Of our mind’s contemplations?

If we’re just daring enough to consider it honestly, we may find that our lives aren’t lived for God at all. But instead for propping up our own names, building our own kingdoms, gaining acceptance and honor in the eyes of people…and not in the eyes of God.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity: 

He (God) and you are two things of such a kind that if you really get into any kind of touch with Him, you will be humble—delightedly humble, feeling the infinite relief of having for once got rid of all the silly nonsense about your own dignity which has made you restless and unhappy all your life.

I’ve often wondered what it would look like if we gave up the rat race. What if we gave up on winning and focused on victory? What if we stopped keeping score?

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