7 Steps To Benefiting From Mentoring or Pastoral Guidance – 3

Step 3 – Ask Questions

Matthew 13:36Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.

It is an accepted fact that nobody knows it all and the Bible makes it clear that it is precept upon precept, line upon line, a little here and a little there. It is important for you to know how to phrase questions with the right attitude as it will determine how the answers will come and what type of response you will get.

I observed that when the Pharisees asked Jesus questions His attitude and sometimes His answer were different from when the disciples asked. This was because the Pharisees and the Scribes were not asking questions to learn; they didn’t even believe in Jesus, they were only trying to trap Him. But the disciples wanted the grace on His life and wanted to be all that God wanted them to be. They wanted to learn. They were genuine followers of Christ. This was evidenced when the Bible recorded that many left him but the disciples said, “to whom should we go, who else has the word of life?”

You need to think, check your motives and be open to the answer. There is no use having a negative attitude when you do not have the answer in the first place. Many ask questions to stimulate a debate but you should ask questions because you need answers that will put you ahead on your journey of blessing. God bless you.

Further reading

John 6:28 –29, Matthew 22:34-36, Matthew 13: 1-43

Personal declaration for the day

Lord, help me to think before I talk and help me to ask the right questions with the right attitude. My word will season with salt and I will seek knowledge in a gracious manner. Amen.

Questions for you to reflect on

What do you do when you have the answer?

With what kind of attitude do you ask questions?

What kind of learner do you think you are?