Do what?

January 7, 2011

Here is how John, chapter two begins:  “On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there,  and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.   When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”  (John 2:1-5 NIV)

I was having lunch with a friend earlier today and this story came up in a discussion about the role of alcohol and the church.  Now we could have a long interesting conversation if we went down that road.  (Both of you would probably respond to this post.)  But I want to focus on another part of the story.

Jesus asks his mother a question, and she totally ignores him.  Now I don’t suggest we try that at home.  Rather, look at her response.  “His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.”  Ha!  That’s it.  do you want the solution to your current dilemma?  Do whatever he tells you.  Want the solution to tomorrow’s problems?  Do whatever he tells you.

Of course you need to be close enough to him to:

1) hear his voice when he speaks to you

2) know that it is him speaking

3) know that it is you to whom he is speaking

4) know he’s not just pulling your leg  (He doesn’t do that.)

5) be as obedient as the servants in this story.

For example If I were to say, be sure to press the share button on the bottom of this page, you would know that it was not the voice of God so you don’t have to obey.  It’s just some guy trying to increase his readership with a not so clever trick.

So, how do we know it’s him talking to us.  First if it is in his word he is talking to us. I have spent a lot of time in the gospels in the last couple of months, reading and re-reading them.  I have found nothing, not one case, where Jesus told someone to do something and it would be the wrong thing for me to do.  Now I’m not talking about washing in a certain pool and going to the priests.  I’m talking about Jesus specific suggestions.   Wait, he doesn’t make suggestions – he makes commands, and he answers life’s most fundamental questions.  There is no equivocating with Jesus, no point where he  says, “I don’t know if this will work, but why don’t you try…”  Nope, for those he healed he just said, Be healed.”  and the were.  For those looking for answers he alway gave straight answers, not necessarily popular, but absolutely he would say, “Do this.”

So if we begin by following his mother’s example and simply, “Do whatever he tells you.”  it will go well with you.  Even if we only took His words, red-letter  style, and obeyed them, things would improve.  But beyond that we have been given the Holy Spirit the third person in the Trinity, to guide us in making wise choices.  “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.” (John 16:13) As long as the voice in you head is not telling you something contrary to what the Bible says….

Any question that comes along we can do what Jesus tells us to do.  I don’t think any of us have the ability to ask WWJD and then do it.  We can’t be like Jesus.  But he won’t tell us to do anything that we cannot do.

So if Jesus tells you to do something, either through his Word or his Spirit, grab your Nike’s and, well you know.

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