Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
We are making our way through 75 secrets of following Jesus. Jesus is known as the mystery who was to be revealed. And, the more you examine Jesus and his teachings the more is revealed about life, meaning and fulfillment. Through these secrets we can understand more and more of what life is all about and how to live our lives more abundantly.
There are two levels of this secret I want to discuss. FIRST-There is an everyday, common understanding of what would Jesus do. This is learning how to walk, talk, love and think like Jesus. In the widespread WWJD? movement there was a certain awareness that was raised with this question-WWJD?-What Would Jesus Do?
What’s interesting is that every time you ask that question, you already intuitively know the answer. To ask “What Would Jesus Do?” is to know what he would do. The question delivers the answer right away! Whenever you bring the light of Jesus into a situation, the way, the truth and the life all become clear.
There is a SECOND level of understanding what you should do or what you should say. This level is when you are put on the spot in a very difficult situation. How will you know what to say? This brings us to SECRET #51: The follower of Jesus doesn’t worry what to say when put on the spot.
When Jesus first sent out his disciples, he gave them specific instructions on the approach he wanted them to take with a given village. He warned them that there will be times when they will be in a very difficult spot and might become worried what to say.
So, Jesus teaches a most interesting principle. He says, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” (Matthew 10:16-20)
I’ve spent too much of my life preparing myself for what I want to say, ought to say, or should say in any given situation. Now, there’s nothing wrong with giving some thought to your audience, whether it be at a wedding, a party, a memorial service, or a simple picnic. What I’ve discovered is too much planning on my part limits what God might be up to in that given situation. Allowing the Spirit of God to direct the conversation may not give you the results you anticipated, but it does give room for God to touch people.