Re:Verse reading–John 4:4-30, 39-42 (day three) 

“Could this be the Christ?”

Sometimes—probably most times—a question carries more power than a statement. A question invites another person into the process of discovery. A question adopts a humble posture, not claiming to have all the answers. Perhaps most important, a question presents an alternative to what one has always accepted as immovable, settled, conventional wisdom. If the woman on her water errand had returned to the village declaring unequivocally that she had found the Christ, the likely responses would have been either disbelief or a tendency to regard her as the gatekeeper of her discovery. Instead, her question prompted the townsfolk to investigate for themselves. In this world, many people claim many things. In the midst of that noise, a well-placed question will invite all true searchers to open a door they might otherwise never notice.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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