When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37)
The chair of the pastoral search committee called, “We have called seventeen people to consider becoming our pastor. None of them are interested. You wouldn’t be interested, would you?” Some questions require little contemplation and are easy to answer.
But that is not always the case. Other questions are more complicated. An attending physician informed a woman that if she stopped her dialysis treatments, she would pass away soon, perhaps within a week or even a few days. He then asked a question that required contemplation and was not easy to answer: “What do you want to do?”
Every day, we all face questions. The vast majority merely address the routines of life. All we need are quick answers. Some questions, however, are much more consequential and require a considered response.
A few questions—a very few—are truly epic. Epic questions impact our lives heavily and often permanently. Epic questions are generated when the circumstances of life lead to a truly defining moment.
“Brothers, what shall we do?” was truly an epic question. It was the apostles’ great question. It is our great question. When faced with the clear claim of the gospel, it is the universal question—truly epic in size and scope. We can give all thanks to God for all who heard the epic question and responded with an epic answer.
Allow your questions to lead you to the Answer.
H. C. Wilson is General Superintendent Emeritus of The Wesleyan Church.
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