What Kind of Questions Do We Ask?
Our questions can be revealing. There is an interesting contrast between the question posed by Judas to the chief priests (Matt. 26:15) and the question the other disciples directed to Jesus. Judas had asked “what will you give me to betray Him to you?” Whereas the other disciples asked Jesus, “Where do you want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?”
The two questions could not be further apart. Judas asks “what can you do for me?” while the other disciples ask, “what can we do for you?”
Sin is fundamentally rooted in our self-interest. However we may try to justify it as need or necessity or righteousness, selfishness always has a way of rising to the surface and revealing itself for what it is. And the only cure for selfishness is concern for others.
I am challenged by this to both pray more for others and less for myself, and to do more for others and less for myself. For this was the very essence of Jesus’ journey to the cross, who “although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2.6-7).