Topic / Vulnerability

One Question Businessmen Are Scared To Ask

Imagine sitting across the table from a high-powered businessman. As you talk, his cell phone continues to ding and buzz. He’s well-dressed and obviously successful, but you can tell something is nagging him.

You ask about his home life, but his marriage and family seem to be going pretty well; no obvious cracks in that dam. You inquire about his church involvement. He tells you that he attends church every Sunday and enjoys it. He seems to be a good guy, faithful to his wife, moral, successful. He has everything a man could want.

“What could be bothering him?” you wonder.

Just then he drops his guard and says, “The reason I asked to meet is because even though I go to church I don’t feel like I know Jesus in an authentic way. How can I have a real relationship with Jesus?”

This is not an everyday question. It’s honest. It’s vulnerable. It’s one question successful businessmen are often scared to ask.

Invited To Thirst

Here’s what I said to the businessman who asked me this:

It sounds like you have a thirst to know God in a real way. And the good news is that nobody has a thirst for God unless God has given them that thirst. My friend, God is initiating something with you. He’s pursuing you. Your thirst for him means that He’s after you.

George Whitefield, a 18th-Century British Christian, earnestly wanted to know God, much like you, and as a 21 year-old he sought for God and stumbled across these words of Jesus,

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” John 7:37-38

He cried out, “I thirst, I thirst” and God answered his prayer. “Oh what a wave of divine life did break in upon my poor soul,” Whitefield journaled. “With what joy—joy unspeakable—even joy that was full of, and big with glory, was my soul filled.”

Invited To Seek

Many of history’s greatest Christians have gone before you in this. In David’s life we see this same invitation. David wrote to God,

“You have said, ‘Seek my face.’ My heart says to you, ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek.’ ” Psalm 27:8

Now it’s your time to seek the face of God. Jesus said, “Seek and you will find” Matthew 7:7 and in Jeremiah God said, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

Invited To Wrestle

Remember in the book of Genesis how Jacob wrestled with God? It’s your turn to wrestle with God. Wrestle with him until he blesses you with the kind of relationship with him that you’re looking for.

God is seeking you and he’s inviting you to thirst, to seek, and to wrestle. Your job is to respond and seek to know God with fresh urgency. I don’t know how long you’ll wrestle, but God will meet you and when he does your heart will overflow with rivers of living water.

John Rinehart ,
John Rinehart , Founder & Leader of
and the author of the book Gospel Patrons