“His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.'” — John 2:5
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Lots of basketball teams have mottos or phrases that capture and motivate their focus for the season. Two years ago in their championship season, the Baylor men’s basketball team showed the nation their culture of “J.O.Y.” — referring to Jesus, Others, Yourself. The basketball team I coach rode the motto of “One More” all the way to our conference finals this past season.
These expressions become embedded in our minds and hearts. Companies and businesses are also famous for having mottos posted around their buildings as their brand. Nike is famous for the phrase “Just Do It.” However, if you read John 2:1-5, you will note that actually, Jesus’ mother, Mary, is the originator of that saying. At a wedding feast Jesus attended in Cana with His mother, they ran out of drinks. In response to this dilemma, “His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you'” (John 2:5) — basically, just do it. Just do what Jesus says, and you’ll see the blessed outcome.
It’s one thing to know we should obey Jesus, but another to actually know what He wants us to do. We can struggle sometimes with trying to understand God’s larger blueprint for our life, but we should never suffer from analysis paralysis.
Jesus has given us tasks that will keep us productive for the Kingdom, while the particulars of our life unfold in their time. The Lord gives us commands like, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39), “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, ESV), “Do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12).
Jesus Himself has given us many phrases and mottos to fill our minds and guide our actions in obedience to Him. Let’s start today by following the words of Jesus (and His mother) and just do it!
— Frick Frierson
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