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Friday, October 19, 2018


Do What He Tells You
Pastor B.J. Knefley

In the Gospel of John there is the story of the wedding feast where Jesus turns water into wine. It is an interesting story in many ways but there is one aspect that I find intriguing. They are running out of wine at this celebration and Mary, the mother of Jesus, tells him that the wine reserves are running low. Jesus responds with “What has that got to do with me?” Mary doesn’t address her son’s question but rather turns to the servants and says, “Do whatever he tells you to do”. Notice that Mary did not get into a discussion with her son about his response. Think about this for a moment because I believe that there is something to be learned in how she handled the situation.

I have had several occasions where someone was telling me about something that they were planning or wanting to do. Their plans were often foolish, risky and disastrous in many ways. Although I’ve wanted to argue with them about their poor decisions and give them sound counsel on what they needed to be doing, I’ve also learned that sometimes that approach only brings a strong resolve to do what they want to do. Have you ever wondered why when you tell someone no, they do it anyway? Notice in the story, Mary didn’t get into a discussion with Jesus about what he should or should not do. But he did do what she wanted didn’t he? What I’ve learned is that if you stay out of the fight, people will often do the right thing.

When I’ve been told of a person’s decision to do something that is obviously foolish, destructive, or simply wrong I will often respond with, “Do whatever Jesus tells you to do”. I’ve learned that when the person is fighting with me, I’ll probably loose. So I try to stay out of the fight. I don’t argue or try to point out the problems with their decisions. I want them to own their decisions and so if I stay out of the fight they can’t blame me. In many cases the direction that they were going in was changed simply because I choose to not get into the issue. Simply telling someone to do what Jesus tells them to do puts the problem between them and God. Think about it.

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