Last summer we took the “great monster roadtrip.” We drove from Oakley, CA all the way to the great state of Indiana. Up to Chicago. Back home.
My youngest created a catchphrase during that trip which lives on in our family. “I don’t know what to do.” He would chant it, in sing-song fashion every time he got bored (read: multiple times daily).
My oldest needs a project. He doesn’t like to sit around. During shelter in place, more than once, he has simply wandered around the house chanting, in sing-song fashion: “I don’t know what to do.”
Sometimes, as adults, we say: “I don’t know what to do.” But we aren’t bored. And our tone is not sing-songy. The tone is filled with anxiety. Heaviness.
Should we leave our homes and engage community? I don’t know what to do.
I want to do something about all this racial tension and all these riots, but what? I don’t know what to do.
Should we open the church building back up? And how? I don’t know what to do.
I want to connect with my neighbor, but… I don’t know what to do.
I’m guessing here, but the disciples, in Luke 7:33-34 had one of these “I don’t know that to do” moments.
33 For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’
Gee, now I don’t know what to do.
John the Baptist is a spiritual guy. He came being overly spiritual. Fasting. Praying. Trying to stand out from the world. But – he’s gotten a bad reputation. Too spiritual. Weird.
I don’t want to do that.
On the other hand, Jesus is a spiritual guy. He came eating and drinking. Being normal. Trying to stand out from the spiritual fanatics. But – he’s gotten a bad reputation too. He’s too worldly. A drunkard. A friend of “those people.”
If I were one of the disciples in Luke 7, I’d be scratching my head saying: “I don’t know what to do.” I know I should do something. I WANT to do something but ….
A then … Jesus tells a story. A short one. One that puts everything into perspective.
The story is about a moneylender who forgives. He forgives small debts. He forgives big debts. Those who are forgiven? They love. They express their love. (Read it for yourself: Luke 7:41-47)
Forgiveness. Love. (Grace!)
Don’t know what to do? Rejoice!!! The “lender” is our Heavenly Father and he has lent you a new life. He has forgiven you for all your mistakes in the past and he loves you! Deeply!
Don’t know what to do? Love! Love Jesus for all he has done. Love the one person in front of you today. That love (of the one!) will change everything.