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The Power of Why

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It’s​ ​a​ ​simple​ ​question,​ ​but​ ​it​ ​can​ ​be​ ​a​ ​powerful​ ​one.​ ​​ ​By​ ​asking​ ​“Why?”,​ ​we​ ​can​ ​examine​ ​our motives,​ ​our​ ​intentions,​ ​our​ ​goals,​ ​and​ ​even​ ​our​ ​mistakes.​ ​​ ​We​ ​can​ ​use​ ​this​ ​question​ ​to​ ​pull​ ​a string​ ​and​ ​find​ ​the​ ​root​ ​of​ ​the​ ​problem​ ​or​ ​to​ ​guide​ ​a​ ​discussion​ ​about​ ​the​ ​goals​ ​for​ ​an organization.​ ​​ ​Or​ ​we​ ​can​ ​use​ ​this​ ​question​ ​to​ ​understand​ ​ourselves.

Asking​ ​the​ ​question​ ​“Why?”​ ​opens​ ​our​ ​eyes​ ​to​ ​the​ ​intent​ ​behind​ ​our​ ​actions.​ ​​ ​We​ ​find​ ​in​ ​the Scriptures​ ​that​ ​intent​ ​is​ ​very​ ​important​ ​to​ ​God.​ ​​ ​Consider​ ​the​ ​parable​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Pharisee​ ​and​ ​the Tax​ ​Collector.​ ​​ ​When​ ​praying,​ ​the​ ​Pharisee​ ​chose​ ​to​ ​do​ ​so​ ​publicly​ ​and​ ​loudly​ ​(Luke​ ​18:​ ​9-14). His​ ​intent​ ​was​ ​not​ ​to​ ​call​ ​out​ ​to​ ​God,​ ​his​ ​intent​ ​was​ ​to​ ​proclaim​ ​to​ ​those​ ​around​ ​him​ ​his​ ​own righteousness.​ ​​ ​The​ ​tax​ ​collector,​ ​on​ ​the​ ​other​ ​hand,​ ​stood​ ​in​ ​the​ ​corner​ ​and​ ​cried​ ​out​ ​to​ ​God. He​ ​did​ ​not​ ​seek​ ​the​ ​attention​ ​of​ ​others​ ​but​ ​earnestly​ ​repented​ ​and​ ​sought​ ​forgiveness.​ ​​ ​In​ ​Luke 18:14,​ ​Christ​ ​stated:​ ​“I​ ​tell​ ​you,​ ​this​ ​man​ ​went​ ​to​ ​his​ ​house​ ​justified​ ​rather​ ​than​ ​the​ ​other;​ ​for everyone​ ​who​ ​exalts​ ​himself​ ​will​ ​be​ ​humbled,​ ​but​ ​he​ ​who​ ​humbles​ ​himself​ ​will​ ​be​ ​exalted.”

Here​ ​Christ​ ​just​ ​said​ ​that​ ​the​ ​reviled​ ​tax​ ​collector​ ​was​ ​justified​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Pharisee​ ​was​ ​not justified.​ ​​ ​Tax​ ​collectors​ ​were​ ​despised​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Jewish​ ​people​ ​as​ ​collaborators.​ ​​ ​They​ ​were viewed​ ​with​ ​hate​ ​and​ ​distrust.​ ​​ ​Yet​ ​despite​ ​this,​ ​Christ​ ​held​ ​his​ ​prayer​ ​up​ ​as​ ​one​ ​that​ ​was received​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Father.​ ​​ ​How​ ​can​ ​this​ ​be?​ ​​ ​It​ ​was​ ​not​ ​that​ ​his​ ​prayer​ ​was​ ​worded​ ​better​ ​than​ ​the Pharisee’s.​ ​​ ​The​ ​tax​ ​collector’s​ ​fine​ ​clothes​ ​did​ ​not​ ​make​ ​his​ ​prayer​ ​better.​ ​​ ​It​ ​was​ ​a​ ​matter​ ​of​ ​his heart.​ ​​ ​The​ ​tax​ ​collector​ ​called​ ​out​ ​for​ ​forgiveness​ ​because​ ​he​ ​was​ ​repentant.​ ​​ ​The​ ​Pharisee prayed​ ​to​ ​be​ ​heard​ ​by​ ​men,​ ​not​ ​by​ ​God.​ ​​ ​The​ ​“Why”​ ​of​ ​what​ ​each​ ​did​ ​mattered.

Let’s​ ​bring​ ​this​ ​to​ ​the​ ​context​ ​of​ ​Small​ ​Groups.​ ​​ ​So​ ​you​ ​want​ ​to​ ​be​ ​in​ ​a​ ​small​ ​group?​ ​​ ​Why​ ​do you​ ​want​ ​to​ ​be​ ​in​ ​one?​ ​​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​want​ ​to​ ​be​ ​sharpened​ ​by​ ​other​ ​believers,​ ​as​ ​Scriptures​ ​tells​ ​us to​ ​in​ ​Proverbs​ ​27:17?​ ​​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​want​ ​to​ ​find​ ​another​ ​path​ ​to​ ​grow​ ​closer​ ​to​ ​our​ ​fellow​ ​believers​ ​at Trinity?​ ​​ ​We​ ​must​ ​ask​ ​ourselves​ ​“Why?”​ ​to​ ​understand​ ​and​ ​see​ ​if​ ​there​ ​are​ ​selfish​ ​intents​ ​to what​ ​we​ ​are​ ​doing.​ ​​ ​Even​ ​if​ ​we​ ​are​ ​acting​ ​in​ ​a​ ​selfish​ ​way,​ ​that​ ​is​ ​not​ ​an​ ​excuse​ ​to​ ​not​ ​get involved​ ​or​ ​join​ ​a​ ​small​ ​group.​ ​​ ​Understanding​ ​the​ ​intent​ ​of​ ​our​ ​action​ ​is​ ​important​ ​so​ ​that​ ​we know​ ​how​ ​to​ ​grow,​ ​how​ ​to​ ​improve,​ ​and​ ​how​ ​to​ ​mature​ ​in​ ​our​ ​walk​ ​with​ ​Christ.

In​ ​the​ ​same​ ​way,​ ​those​ ​who​ ​wish​ ​to​ ​lead​ ​a​ ​small​ ​group​ ​must​ ​examine​ ​their​ ​reasons​ ​as​ ​well. Small​ ​group​ ​leaders​ ​are​ ​not​ ​a​ ​replacement​ ​for​ ​the​ ​pastors.​ ​​ ​They​ ​are​ ​not​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​having all​ ​the​ ​answers.​ ​​ ​They​ ​are​ ​not​ ​there​ ​to​ ​dictate,​ ​but​ ​rather​ ​facilitate.​ ​​ ​Small​ ​group​ ​leaders​ ​are there​ ​to​ ​encourage​ ​the​ ​discipleship​ ​process,​ ​both​ ​with​ ​themselves​ ​and​ ​with​ ​the​ ​group.​ ​​ ​In​ ​order to​ ​accomplish​ ​this​ ​effectively,​ ​those​ ​seeking​ ​to​ ​serve​ ​as​ ​leaders​ ​must​ ​examine​ ​themselves​ ​and be​ ​aware​ ​of​ ​their​ ​intentions​ ​and​ ​goals.

We​ ​all​ ​have​ ​intentions​ ​for​ ​the​ ​actions​ ​we​ ​take.​ ​We​ ​must​ ​ask​ ​ourselves​ ​“Why?”​ ​to​ ​understand​ ​our intentions.​ ​​ ​It​ ​does​ ​not​ ​mean​ ​we​ ​don’t​ ​do​ ​the​ ​right​ ​thing,​ ​it​ ​means​ ​we​ ​strive​ ​to​ ​do​ ​the​ ​right​ ​thing for​ ​the​ ​right​ ​reasons.

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