DAY 221 OF 365 IN 2021
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Matthew 17:25b When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?”
Even if it remains unspoken, the everybody has an opinion about almost everything. Thus, while there are cases when people give unsolicited opinions, in many instances, people refrain from doing so hence keep what they are thinking to themselves because they feel it is not in their place to speak them. Unless asked then, these opinions remain hidden.
In our Gospel today, by asking “what do you think?” Jesus solicited for Peter’s opinion, one he readily offered. It may appear out of place that Christ, who had grown in knowledge and stature, the wisdom of God would look for the input of another man. Yet, it is for us that such an example is made available for it has significant relevance.
Beloved, asking the opinions of others in certain matters can serve multiple purposes. While it may primarily serve to draw them into your world, it also affords you access to the wisdom that has been entrusted to others. It will be great if the fullness of knowledge and wisdom resided individually in each of us. However, the body of Christ has many parts intended to work in harmony.
So don’t be afraid to ask away, and don’t be afraid to also give an answer to the question “what do you think’ because in doing so, we could be speaking the heart of God to another in a language they understand. Bear in mind also that
‘What is a mystery to you, has likely been someone’s revelation. So ask”