“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” – Mark 10:51
Why can we trust the Bible? Does science disprove God? Do you know what happens to you when you die? These are questions that I have read over and over again. Often they are publicity for an outreach series at a church, Christian Union or youth group. They are good questions to ask, and can raise some interesting discussions but I have always had a lingering question at the back of my mind about whether or not they are the questions people seeking Jesus are actually asking.
When the blind man came to Jesus the man’s need of Jesus grace and forgiveness was unchanged, his need to understand his origins were unchanged but Jesus, rather than launching into a parable or soliloquy on the problem of evil gave the man the dignity of making his needs known. I wonder if it is time we did the same, perhaps we need to stop deciding what people need to hear and the questions they are asking and give them the dignity of asking them.
I wonder if we surveyed 20 random people in the street what the biggest questions they have about Jesus and faith what they would come up with. What do they need to hear? What do they want to ask? What do they want us to do for them? We spend a lot of time throwing words like relevant and contemporary about at conferences and planning groups, perhaps the most relevant thing we can do is ask those we are trying to reach what they want us to do for them.
If you are planning a series or outreach event, why not ask some of your friends who don’t know Jesus what they want to hear about, it might just revolutionise our mission.