In an earlier post, I listed several questions that I find worth asking of myself. Occasionally I ask these questions of others.Kerry at The Ten 0’Clock Scholar proposed that I ask them of my blog-readers. And I thought, “Why not?”Here’s the first question:If you could ask Jesus anything and know you’d get an answer, what would you ask Him?I got this question from Garry Poole’s Seeker Small Groups book. It’s one of the first things he asks his small groups, because no matter what their background is, everyone’s got unanswered questions.It reminds me of the Chris Rice song, “Questions for Heaven,” in which Chris lists questions he’s saving up to ask the Lord. Most are curiosity-driven and not necessarily deep theological questions. Chris sings about questions like (I paraphrase to avoid copyright infringement):
- Why bother with so many stars?
- Do You play tricks on angels?
- What happened to the dinosaurs?
- Where’s Eden–the Garden of Eden?
- What in the world causes deja vu?
- Our jokes–do they make You laugh?
- What are quasars? Feathers? UFOs?
- Do You have a favorite cartoon?
- What’s out there past the edges?
- What’s with taste buds? What about tornadoes?
- Why did You have us dream?
On a more serious note, Shalee jumped right in on my original post and published her question in the comments:
My question for Jesus would be “What ran through your mind when you resisted temptations, like the naked woman in front of you, the heady feeling of ultimate power, the irritations of having friends who just don’t listen. How did you keep yourself from falling into sin?” I mean, he was human like me, so what did he do to give a resounding “NO” when the temptations gave a strong pull for him to follow his desires rather than those of God. Too often, I know what I should do, but I let those pulls of selfish desires trump what I know God would have me do.
I asked my kids what they would ask Jesus–one of the girls asked if it would be a question to ask here and now, while we’re on earth? Or later, when we’re in heaven? I told her she was free to answer it either way or both ways, if the questions were different. I would say the same to anyone interested in posting their question in the comments–answer it however you wish.Some of the kids’ questions:
- Will we have the same bodies in heaven?
- How will we recognize each other?
- Will there be animals and pets in heaven?
- Where is heaven?
So…What would you ask Jesus, if you knew you’d get an answer?