Summary: Asks and then Answers the question.
“Now What Do I Do?”
February 25, 2007
Have you ever been in a situation where you asked yourself, “What do I do now?” I think that was just the situation that Sandy found herself in last week when she found herself hanging upside down in a turned over car. She couldn’t get the seatbelt unlatched. Frank was lying on the bottom of the car with Zeus, all 160 pounds, lying on top of him. They were both probably asking themselves, “What do I do now?” Zeus, poor dog, probably was also thinking, “What’s WRONG with you people!”
That question, “Now What Do I Do?” is a pretty common question. We all ask ourselves it pretty often. If we don’t – we should! Sometimes it’s pretty traumatic – like when we lose our job or can’t pay our bills or a relationship falls apart. Who wouldn’t ask, “Now what do I do?” Mostly we ask ourselves that question when we come to an end of something or when we don’t know what to do next. Julie probably gets tired of hearing that question in her art classes. “I did this – NOW what do I do?”
Sometimes if you don’t ask the question it indicates that you just don’t care or that you are lazy or irresponsible. If nothing else, asking “What do I do now?” shows that you are motivated and you are thinking.
This morning I want to share some situations where people in the Bible probably asked that question and then how it was answered. Maybe as we think about it we may find some direction for our own lives.
The first situation is found in Mark 1:29-31. The Bible says,
“As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them.”
Can you visualize the situation here? Jesus and the disciples were at church. Following the service, Peter, being impetuous and so spontaneous, probably invited the whole gang home, not even considering his sick mother-in-law. I don’t know where Peter’s wife was, but either she wasn’t help enough or she went visiting when she saw the gang coming. Maybe Jesus got there and Peter didn’t know that mom was sick in bed with a fever. Whatever the reason, Jesus was told about it. Being a man of action and one who met needs, Jesus went to the poor sick woman, took her hand, and helped her up.
I think it is interesting that nothing happened up to this point. But when the woman responded in obedience to Jesus and even though she was sick she struggled to get up as Jesus suggested to her – and it was then and only then that the fever left her.
There is a little lesson here, isn’t there? Sometimes Jesus asks us to do things we really don’t feel like doing. Sometimes we really aren’t capable of doing as He asks. But if we will obey in faith, He will take care of the rest. That’s how it was when He called me to preach. I couldn’t do it. I didn’t have the ability to speak publicly. I wasn’t educated. No one would listen to me. I didn’t realize that Jesus doesn’t call the equipped – He equips the called. When I responded in obedience – He prepared me and equipped me and educated me. And now – John may not be listening – but most of you are!