During our first chapel of the spring semester I challenged us all read the Gospels asking the question, “what DID Jesus do?”
So often in our Christian life we have become lazy by projecting what we think Jesus would do in a situation, rather than studying exactly what he did and then following his example.
I walked through parts of Mark chapters 1 and 2 to show how this concept works as we study the scripture asking this question.
I’ve had several people ask me for the five points of that message and the scriptures from Mark. They are below contrasting our ASSUMPTION of what Jesus might do, with what Jesus ACTUALLY DID.
1) ASSUME HE WOULD FIND THE BEST PEOPLE TO DO HIS WORK
What He did: Worked with imperfect people to do His perfect will
2) ASSUME HIS TEACHING WOULD BE MOST IMPORTANT
What He did: Made time alone for prayer a higher priority than public work
3) ASSUME HE WOULD NEVER LET HIS EMOTIONS TAKE OVER HIS DECISIONS
What he did: Balanced His emotions with His knowledge
4) ASSUME HE WOULD LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO INFLUENCE THE POWERFUL
What He did: Spent most of His time with the powerless and disenfranchised
5) ASSUME HE WOULD FOLLOW THE RULES
What He did: Ignored legalism and followed wisdom