The two essential questions we are asking others when we are leading them in huddle (a vehicle for discipling and training leaders) are: What is God saying to you? and What are you going to do about it?
However, here’s what we find many times: When we ask, “What is God saying to you?” the response starts with, “I think I just need to _____.” See that? They jumped to “What are you going to do about it?” and skipped the actual articulation of “What is God saying to you?” This is a very common struggle. People will either skip right to their plan of action or default to talking about what they should be doing.
Neither of these things is actually hearing what God is saying. But it is really important to actually hear what God is saying to you, because whatever we do in response needs to be built on the foundation of what God says to us. Faith comes by hearing this word from God. This is typically a word of truth, a word of grace or a promise. In other words, an indicative statement, not an imperative one. The truth God speaks forms the foundation of the actions we take.
So how can we help others dial in to this essential activity of hearing what God is saying to them?
Here are a few stepping stones to help us slow down in our processing and hear God’s word to us:
1. Take time to process the Kairos through observation, reflection and discussion.
2. Pause here.
3. Calm your mind, quiet your heart, slow down your body.