66 At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. 67 “If you are the Messiah,” they said, “tell us.” Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, 68 and if I asked you, you would not answer. 69 But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.” 70 They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied, “You say that I am.” 71 Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips.”
Telling people what they want to hear rarely ends up with them you believing you anyway.
The elders of the Jews asked Jesus if He was the Messiah. He answers they will not believe Him. Jesus clearly believes they are not asking to discover truth but with another motive and that if He were to ask a question they would not answer honestly, so the discussion is not true.
I wonder how many times I have framed a conversation simply to reinforce my previously held opinion as opposed to truly discovering the truth.
Being a seeker of truth is risky, as I may not like what I find. Yet Jesus clearly calls these leaders to look for truth, rather than confirm their previously held prejudice.
I need to evaluate how I deal with people and whether I am prepared for them to tell me the truth, even when it is uncomfortable. As such I need to make changes in how I work with people to ensure that I am a true enquirer rather than framing questions and situations designed to hear what I want to hear.
Father, give me wisdom to know how to better hear from people, even when they have hard things to say.
Written by Ps. Richard Botta