What does God want of you?
Pastor Mark Jeske
Remember the old WWJD rubber bracelets that people used to wear? “What Would Jesus Do?” Those bracelets served a good purpose if they kept people more mindful of God in their lives. But they could also provide a lazy person’s shortcut to behavior decisions.
Can I be a little direct? I think it’s hazardous to assert that you know what Jesus would do in all situations. In the three years of their ministerial training, Jesus’ disciples were astounded over and over at the things the Master said and did. They could not predict his behaviors and in fact repeatedly and wrongly tried to talk him out of the unpleasant but absolutely necessary parts of the Father’s plan of salvation. And herein lies the danger—with only WWJD as your moral compass, you might be tempted to call on your Jesus-guesswork to justify what you’ve already decided you really want to do.
You need surer ground than your own imagination. Go to the Book. The Bible is an absolutely reliable guide to your decision-making and not subject to Satan’s whisperings. But take it straight up—do not adulterate with your own notions, philosophies, feelings, and secret wants:“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar” (Proverbs 30:5,6).
A better bracelet behavior reminder? How about WDJS (i.e., “What Did Jesus Say?”)?
Why can’t they just stop?
Why can’t you just stop drinking? Why don’t you stop getting high? We’re broke because of your gambling! Can’t you see what you’re doing to me and how you’re destroying our family? Why don’t you stop, and why don’t you care?!
If these questions sound familiar, then this book is for you.
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