A question I have come across lately is, “What would Jesus say about that?” This question has a range of applications, but its premise is the same, relationship. Actually, it is not intended to be asked the way it is quoted above. It is more like, “Jesus, what do you think about this?”
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
As Christians we are disciples of Jesus. A disciple is a learner. If we are to learn from Jesus, we must bring ourselves close to Jesus. Closeness is not a matter of worthiness, but willingness. Are we willing to draw close enough to Jesus to hear his voice? Are we willing enough to trust his wisdom and learn from him? Are we willing to follow through with his instruction by allowing ourselves to take on his yoke? I know these are big questions. They are life-long questions. I wrestle with them daily. If I want to know God’s heart on the matter at hand for me, I must bring myself close enough to Jesus to hear his voice, receive his direction, and follow him in the way.
The beautiful thing about Jesus is that he is willing to draw near to us, too. It is in the place of mutual willingness that relationship happens. And, it is in relationship that we can ask, “What do you think about this?”
Grace and peace,