I hated looking dumb in school. And I hated the question that seemed to come at the end of every lecture or presentation: “Are there any questions?” Duh! Like I am going to raise my hand in a room full of kids who obviously understood what was taught and thus confirm my ignorance. “The only dumb question is the one you don’t ask.” Nope, that did not make it any better. Still didn’t put my hand up.
So I just sat and squirmed in my chair, knowing I needed help but trying to fake it until recess or the end of class when I would linger until the room was empty of kids. Then, with no one present to see how dumb I was, it was safe to approach the teacher and ask for help because I really did want to learn.
Okay, let’s change the scene. Let’s assume you have been doing the “church thing” for years. You regularly attend Sunday morning services, are a member of a Life Group, help with Awana and read your Bible “religiously.” However, do you ever look around you at all the “good Christians” who seem to understand everything that is going on and find yourself thinking there must be something you’re missing?
Imagine one Sunday at the end of the sermon Pastor Dale asks, “Are there any questions?” Would you raise your hand and ask your questions? “What, and let the whole room know how dumb I am?” So, probably not. But would you seek out Pastor Dale afterwards to ask – or just go home, knowing there must be more to this faith journey but afraid to ask.
Nicodemus was part of an exclusive group of Jewish leaders in Jesus’ day called the Pharisees. Of the 600 or so Pharisees, Nicodemus may well have been one of the top ten. He was smart about the Law, committed to the rituals and traditions, a truly religious man. But when Jesus shows up in Jerusalem, while Nicodemus continues to perform outwardly, he begins to question within, wondering if there might be something else. One night he slips into the darkness to meet “The Teacher” and ask his questions. The answers Nicodemus got in that clandestine meeting changed his life.
In preparation for our time of our time of study this Sunday, let me encourage you to read the following verses:
- John 3:1-15 – strangers in the night
Have you given any thought this week to “God or no God”? Remember, there is no “kind of God” option.
P.S. Last call to check the Lost & Found bin under the Welcome Desk. Remaining items will be given away or disposed on Monday.
“Lord, if you want to use me in any way today, I am available.”
Love God – Love Neighbor – Lead Others