The A Believer’s Character series is in week nine. Joyice Harris of Raising Boys Homeschool and I have once again teamed up to share posts about Godly Christian character in children. Joyice writes about instilling Godly character in her boys while I share information about instilling Godly character in my three girls. For a list of the traits I’ve already shared, please visit this page, The ABCs of Christian Character
What is the definition of the word inquisitive?
The word inquisitive means eager for knowledge, intellectually curious, or given to inquiry. Inquisitive is not to be confused with nosy. An inquisitive person seeks information in order to learn more and to become a better person. A nosy person seeks information for selfish and/or malicious reasons.
What does the Bible say about those who are inquisitive?
In the New Testament book of Acts, we read a short passage about a special group of people called the Bereans. After being driven out of Thessolonica by an angry mob who had rejected the message of the Gospel, Paul and Silas flee to Berea, where they are warmly received by the town’s noble, eager, and inquisitive people. The Bible describes the encounter this way:
As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men. (Acts 17:10-12)
This is the perfect illustration of the importance of and the value in being inquisitive. Because the Bereans listened to Paul and Silas and then conducted their own research, many of them accepted Christ as Savior and were saved.
Why would I want to teach my girls to be inquisitive?
I want my daughters to have an inquisitive nature. I want them to be information seekers who dig deep and ask, “Why?” If they are taught to inquire and examine, my daughters will be able to better understand and defend their faith as it says here:
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, (I Peter 3:15)
In addition, an inquisitive nature will allow them to identify false doctrine as it says here:
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (I John 4:1)
Teaching my girls to follow inquisitive example of the Bereans
The Bereans were praised for their good character and inquisitive nature. This is a positive Christlike example my daughters can follow.
- Noble: This is the first word used to describe the Bereans. Their noble character is contrasted with that of the Thessalonians who lacked good morals and great virtue. Noble people strive to lead lives that are pleasing to the Lord.
- Eager: The Berean citizens were hungry for the Gospel. Their yearning for God gave them a strong desire to hear Paul and Silas teach the truth of the Gospel. Eager people want to hear from the Lord.
- Examining: Inquisitive people are not content with simply waiting for others to bring information to them. They are not satisfied with just hearing one’s interpretation of a matter or subject. Inquisitive people are questioners and examiners who strive to discover the truth for themselves.
A prayer for the inquisitive:
Dear Lord, thank you for giving us a curious nature. You have created a marvelous world and it is a pleasure for us to learn more about it as we study and explore the environment. Thank you for the gift of salvation through your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for the Bible, the amazing book we can use to learn more about You. Help us to use that God given curiosity to read the scriptures and to examine their meanings. We pray that what we learn will draw us closer to you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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