Even Jesus Learned
Posted: Tuesday, November 3
Everyone who wants to tap into their God-given potential in life has to be teachable. Jesus exemplified this. The Bible says He humbled Himself by temporarily setting aside His rights to take on the form of a man. Through the challenges of life on earth, Jesus’ humanity was made perfect. And even though he was the Son of God, it was necessary for Jesus, as a human, to learn; in this case, the writer notes that Jesus learned obedience; not because He was disobedient. Instead, it was so that He could obey God in the new challenges of each new day that He had never experienced before.
Jesus was a learner all the way back to his preteen years. The Bible tells us that after three days of frantically looking for their lost twelve year old son, Mary and Joseph found Jesus in the temple courts sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone there was amazed at the level of His understanding. Jesus knew that learning begins by asking good questions. The Lord asked more than 300 questions throughout the four gospels.
A little girl asked her mother, “Mommy, why do you cut the ends off the meat before you cook it?” The girl’s mother told her that she thought it added to the flavor by allowing the meat to better absorb the spices, but perhaps she should ask her grandmother since she always did it that way. So the little girl finds her grandmother and asks, “Grandma, why do you and Mommy cut the ends of the meat off before you cook it?” Her grandmother thought a moment and answered, “I think it allows the meat to stay tender because it soaks up the juices better, but why don’t you ask your Nana, after all, I learned from her and she always did it that way.” The little girl is getting a little frustrated, but climbs up in her great-grandmother’s lap and asks, “Nana, why do you cut the ends off the meat before you cook it?” Nana answered, “I don’t know why these women do it, I did it because my pot wasn’t big enough.”
A famous proverb says, "Whoever asks a question may appear to be a fool for the moment, but whoever fails to consistently ask questions will remain a fool for life." The only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. Ramp up your potential by asking good questions. Three simple areas where you can begin include:
1. Ask questions when you read the Bible.
2. Ask people good questions.
3. Ask God questions…He can handle them.