There is no better way to assure a quality answer than to ask a quality question.
Asking careful, introspective questions is a key for anyone does not want to squander life with aimless wandering.
We seldom choose to waste our life. We simply cease evaluating our thoughts, words, actions, deeds, motives, habits, desires, and goals.
As the saying goes, “Only one life, ‘twil soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
If living for Christ is the only way to avoid a wasted life, we need a couple questions to use as heart-checks.
Two Best Questions of the Month
The two best questions I heard this month both ring with affection for Chris and stir up oft-neglected introspection.
1. What is it that I want most when I am not craving Christ?
Al Hartman rocked my comfortable boat when he shared that question with me over the phone.
The question is tinted by an awareness of failure, yet it also is asked in hope, knowing change is more than possible. Sanctification is, in fact, inevitable for the Christian.
Behind the question is also an all-out passion to treasure Christ. It’s the kind of driving force that moves like a surge of water released from a dam, rushing to demolish anything that stands in the way.
It’s a surge that is only released by the Holy Spirit into a heart transformed by truth.
2. What things affect my affection for Christ most?
This question is derived from a short interview of Matt Chandler. He humbly explained his struggle to find activities that set his passion for Christ on fire. And to eliminate the activities that snuff it out or damped passion for Christ.
“I’m trying to always be aware of what’s going on in my mind and in my heart, and what really stirs up my mind and heart towards Him [Christ], and what doesn’t.”
Carefully answer the questions, and couple them with prayer.
Remember, there’s no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. But there is honest confession, gracious forgiveness, and powerful transformation.
What’s the best question that you’ve answered this month? What questions do you use to evaluate your heart before the throne of grace?