Questions are really important. Questions are the fuel of learning. As I’ve noted before, see here, a disciple is simply a learner. If that is true, disciples should ask lots of questions. It’s how we learn and grow.
You may have heard it said that there are no dumb questions. That is true enough. Ask away. Don’t hold back. However, in the quest for growth, the right questions make all the difference.
“We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong.” – Bono, U2
Check out some other great quotes on the power of the right questions here.
There is a wrong question that I have heard a lot from Christians.
The question takes many different forms, but it usually encompasses this question: “How far can I push the moral envelope before it is sin?”
“How far can I go sexually before it is immorality?”
“How small can my swimsuit be before it is immodest?”
“How much can I dart around the truth before it is a lie?”
“How ‘naked’ is pornographic?”
“How much stuff can I accumulate before it is materialism?”
“How little can I give and still be obedient?”
“How far from God can I live and still be saved?”
The list goes on and on and on.
Frankly, I understand the questions. We want to know where we stand, but they are terrible questions. They are all wrong.
I was reading the Bible and came across 1 Corinthians 10:23. It reads, “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.”
The context is a discussion on the freedom of the Christian who is no longer bound by the Old Testament law. Some were arguing that their new freedom in Christ made everything permissible before God. Obviously, that is a big subject that I am not attempting to cover here. However, Paul’s response is right on point.
He essentially tells them that they are asking the wrong question. The question isn’t whether something is allowable. The question is whether something is beneficial. The question is whether something is constructive.
Here is another way to think about it. The wrong question wants to know “how close to the world can I get?” The right question wants to know “how close can I get to God?”
The wrong question reveals something troubling about our hearts.
I’ll admit it. Sometimes, I ask the wrong question. I want to know “How far can I push it?” The thing that really bothers me about it is that it reveals how divided my heart is.
My first concern…your first concern should not be whether something comes in just above the line of morality. Our first concern should be “Is this holy?” “Is this beneficial to my walk with Jesus Christ?”
Those are two really good questions.
I’ll bet that if you simply ask those questions of your temptations, the answers will be clear.
Let’s see how close we can get to Jesus!
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