What Should We Do
07 January 2009
10 The crowds asked, “What should we do?” 11 John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” 12 Even corrupt tax collectors came to be baptized and asked, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 He replied, “Collect no more taxes than the government requires.” 14 “What should we do?” asked some soldiers. John replied, “Don’t extort money or make false accusations. And be content with your pay.” (Luke 3:10-14 NLT)
John was preaching the Good News of God’s Kingdom. His message was challenging and even confrontational. There was a quality in John’s message that made people realize that things needed to change – there was something they needed to do.
The people needed to be less selfish and to share what they had with those in need. Those in business and those who handled money needed to be fair and honest. Those with power should not abuse or take advantage of others.
If I’m hearing God’s message to me, it won’t be merely informational. When God speaks to me, his intent is that I do something, that I act on what he has said. Like those who heard John’s Kingdom message, I must ask, “What should I do?”
Father, as we begin this new year, I commit to listen daily for your message to me as I read and process your word. Please speak to me clearly and as gently as you can as I purpose to apply the “What should I do?” question to each thing you say to me. Amen.