Asking TOUGH questionsMarch 7, 2012
After hearing an encouraging account this past week of a small group leader boldly asking a member of their group if they were ready to invite Jesus to be their Lord and Savior and then reading Mark 8:34-38 in my quiet time this morning, I was reminded of the challenge to be willing to ask those who have been put in our sphere of influence the TOUGH questions. TOUGH questions that may change someone’s eternal destiny, TOUGH questions that might save a marriage, TOUGH questions that might keep someone from making a terrible choice. In the passage I referenced above, Jesus made it very clear: If you want to follow me, you have to lay down your life. No sugar coating just the plain hard truth. As a small group leader, you have been given the privilege to challenge the people in your group. Remember too, that your group members are also looking to be stretched and challenged or they wouldn’t be there. So don’t back down if you feel the Holy Spirit prompting you to ask the TOUGH question! And remember it’s ok if you are rejected. Far more people rejected Jesus and his teaching than received it and the same will be true in our lives. Bottom line: as followers of Jesus we have ALL been called to make disciples. Asking TOUGH questions is a key aspect of discipleship so keep asking (in love) despite the response that you get. Oh, and if you are wondering how the person responded to making God their Lord & Savior, they said YES!