Have you ever heard it said, “You’re just not asking the right questions?” Do you have any idea how this can be? How can a question be, the wrong one? John F. Kennedy, in his Presidential inaugural address, made this oft-quoted statement. “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” This is the premiere example of turning the question around to ‘ask the right question.’ This past weekend we looked at the need for children of God to consider their walk with God, in regard to asking the right questions of ourselves.
Do you find yourself thinking “how many of my prayers has God granted?” Each answered prayer is a ‘good and perfect gift’ (James 4:17) and is a blessing from God. Every one is to be accepted with gratitude and appreciation, whether they are few or plentiful. The question to ask then would be “do I appreciate God’s answered prayers?” Another thing we may find ourselves wondering about is whether or not people recognize our good work. We live in a society that usually recognizes the things we do, both good and bad. It is natural for us to want the good that we do to gain recognition. Let’s keep up good works but let’s also ask “am I giving honor to whom due…?” Proverbs 25:27 tells us “…nor is it glory to search out one’s own glory.” How many times have you asked yourself, “How much am I loved?” It’s only natural for us to want to be accepted by others, to be loved by them. To be more in line with our ‘spiritual man’ the better question would be “how much love do I have for others…”, after all this is what God desires for us. His word teaches us over and over that we are to “love one another,” ‘love your neighbor as yourself,” and “owe no one except to love one another.” As far as “how much am I loved” the most important answer is also found in God’s word. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 I think you will agree, no further questions on this topic are needed.
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