A lawyer rose up to trifle with Jesus, saying, “Professor, what do I need to do to live forever?”
Jesus answered, “You’re a hot-shot lawyer, you tell me.”
The lawyer said, “You must love God with your whole heart. You must serve God by everything you are. You must work for God with all your might. You must direct all your thoughts to God. And you must love your neighbor as yourself.”
Jesus said, “That’s the right answer. If you do what you said, you’ll live.”
But the lawyer wanted to save face, so he said, “Yeah, but who is my neighbor?”
It would have been just as ridiculous a question if the lawyer had asked, “Yeah, but who is God?”
Most of the questions we ponder – the big questions – are questions for which we already know the answer. The lawyer knew the answer to his question about eternal life before he asked it. He knows the answer to his follow-up question, too. He knows who his neighbor is. He doesn’t need Jesus, or anyone else, to tell him.
Knowing the answer isn’t the problem. The problem, as Jesus points out in response to the lawyer’s answering his own question, is doing what we know. “You have the answer. Now do it.”
Rather than do it, though, the lawyer (who could be any of us) hides behind yet another question to which he already knows the answer.
What if 90% of meetings are just excuses to hide behind the need for more information, when what is really called for is action?
What if 90% of our “yes, buts” are our telling ourselves that we need more information before we can do what we really know we need to do?