Responding to Questions

One concern some clients have is a worry that they might not know how to answer the questions of others, when they themselves behave in unusual ways, be “the others” close friends, acquaintances, or strangers. When one begins a new walk of life, or pattern of living, or in some way behaves out of the ordinary, that activity is likely to engender some questions from those around us. This is NOT a situation to be avoided, as it is an opportunity to “let our light shine,” and is a teachable moment for us.

Our best example in following a model here would be the Lord Jesus, as He knew exactly how to answer questions; he did it in four different ways. We will look at ways Jesus responded, as examples for us.

  1. Sometimes, He told a story.
    “But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbor?
    And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
    And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
    And likewise a Levite, when he as at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
    But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
    And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
    And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him: and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
    Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?”
    Luke 10:29-36
  2. Sometimes, He also asked a question.
    “And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, by what authority doest thou these things? And who gave thee this authority?
    And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you be what authority I do these things.”
    Matt. 21:24
  3. Sometimes, He didn’t say a word.
    “Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.”
    John 8:5-8
  4. Sometimes, He answered the question directly.
    “And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, which is the first commandment of all?
    And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear o Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
    And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
    Mark 12:28-31

I think it’s fair to pattern our lives after His example. He surely didn’t answer each question the same way, and neither are we constrained to do that. We need the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to know when to do what, and He will be faithful to guide us into the way of truth, as we are taught in John 16:13.

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