What to do, what to do?
What am I supposed to do? How often have you asked that question? The question we all struggle with in our desire to be in the plan the Lord has for us. The answer, the Lord would give us, is simple and can be summed up in a few words; Hear me, know me, heed me.
So how do we hear, know and heed? That’s the challenge.
There are the generalities— how to live as believers, the principles espoused in the commandments of God and the illustrated in story after story throughout scripture, the teachings of Jesus, and the instructions to the churches left by the apostles in the epistles that make up the New Testament— but there are also the personal questions that dog us as we struggle to keep moving forward as people who want to live in the plan he has for us. The decisions we have to make about jobs and money, houses and kids, churches and friends— the list goes on.
What we often miss is just how connected those two seemingly unrelated concepts are, the generalities of Christian living and the specifics of this Christian’s life. If we are being guided by the principles and teachings of the word of God, our personal decision making will be much more likely to fall into line with His best plan for us. We are much more likely to make wise choices if we know what disappoints our Lord angry and what brings him delight.
To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. 1 Sam 15:22
That can only come by getting to know him, this comes with time and honesty; honestly seeking him and keeping nothing hidden from him, a true friendship. Sometimes we just know what we’re supposed to do because we know what our Jesus would do.
4 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15
Friends walk side by side. True friends know what the other is thinking without even asking; they just know how the one will respond, how they think, and they trust one another. We are not just following Jesus— “Lord show me your ways that I may follow”, we are also to walk with him– that is what he desires- that we are so in tuned to him that we began to think the same way, that our steps are guided by him not just by decree but by our very nature as we set our minds on him as his Spirit breathes life into our very souls, not just to give us life but to be our life. And as his word becomes planted in our hearts and minds and the sinful nature of selfishness and fear finds no more room in hearts. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds as we draw ever closer to our Lord. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.
What to do—WWJD?— Somethings don’t need a revelation, sometimes we just need to understand the heart of the one we profess as our Lord and Savior, the one who calls us child, and friend.
When Jesus first called his followers he said to them, “Come follow me…” But there came a time after they had followed him, stuck by him, got to know and trust him, that he said I no longer call you servants… You are not just following me now, you are indeed my friends, there are no more secrets, nothing is hidden from you, we are in this together.
Are you in a place in your relationship with the Lord where you no longer consider yourself just a servant of the Lord, where you feel like you are really starting to know him? That’s what he wants, He isn’t looking for servants, he is looking for friends who will help him to serve. Remember the parable of the sheep and the goats? “Depart from me I never knew you!” —You need to know your Lord.
Don’t get stuck in the baby Christian stage. A person’s
child doesn’t stay a child forever, the relationship changes as the child grows up, becomes mature and there can be a level of friendship with a parent, an honesty and really getting to know and understand one another that takes place— that is a precious thing, it’s something I cherish with my own girls.
Those who knew the Lord did the things Jesus was doing because they were working alongside of him, feeding the poor, caring for the sick, clothing the naked, not because they had some grand revelation but because they knew that is what their Lord wanted them to do because they had his heart.
What to do, what to do. Too many Christians sit on their hands waiting for an assignment. One thing I do know, you are not to be doing nothing, at the very least you need to be doing this:
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
Hear me, know me, heed me. I Am —everywhere.