Who Are You Listening To?
- Tuesday, June 04, 2013
For the hundred million sites in response to the WWJD effort, I have to wonder, “What would Jesus do about them?” What would He think about where His name is being used and in such a manner?
Over the years, I have queried myself to consider what He would do when I faced certain situations. However, even with spending time in His Word attempting to discern His possible actions, I have found it would be better spent not trying to figure out what He would do, but rather What Does Jesus Want ME to Do?
You can argue this as just semantics, but I have found this to be a better way to ward off the “noise” of “public opinion” and to get more personal, and isn’t that what a relationship with Jesus is all about? It’s getting personal with Him, knowing what He has created you to do and be. We can easily speculate as to what someone else may do, but it doesn’t answer, nor provide any benefit to, the question of what Jesus want each of us to do, specifically.
Granted, all of us should be striving to live a life which exudes Jesus to those around us; however, each of us is called to do so in different ways.
Realizing this, I have become less judgmental (and concerned) of how others are leading their life (and decisions they make) and more concerned with the calling Jesus has given me. Oftentimes it’s easier to notice (and comment) on how someone else should be living rather than worrying about ourselves.
With access to so much information, advice, suggestions, self-help websites, etcetera, the most godly thing we can do is filter what society tells us to do, friends and well-meaning family espouse we should do, Christian website writers suggest and even at times what Jesus would do Himself, and focus on what He wants YOU to do in that exact situation and for your life.
Listen for His voice above the clamor of everything and everyone else and follow the path He set explicitly FOR YOU.
If only Adam and Eve had.
God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die'" (Genesis 3:3).
Cliff Young is a contributing writer to Sandlot Stories (ARose Books), as well as the monthly column, "He Said-She Said," in Crosswalk.com's Singles Channel. An architect and former youth worker, he now works with Christian musicians and consults for a number of Christian ministries. Got feedback? Send your comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication date: June 4, 2013
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