Every now and then my wife will take off for a few days “with the girls” perhaps to stay a few nights at a lakeside cottage, or ‘camp’ which one of them owns. Other times she may fly solo to visit relatives to the west, or take a few days trip with our daughter and granddaughter to shop in some out of town specialty stores.
When she goes on such extended outings there is typically that last few minutes before departure where she sits me down and we go over “The List.”
“The List,” as most husbands know, is that itemization of tasks to be tended to while she’s away. You know, water certain plants with a certain frequency, but not water this or that one, be sure to pick up this or that item, tell so and so about the such and such and above all be ready to pick me up at the airport / bus terminal / friends house when I call.
I do these things because they need to be done. If I may be tired or sick while she is away I know I still must do them. I love my wife, and I want to please her. She entrusted me with these tasks. She has to. She won’t be here to do them, and there is no Plan B.
What is God’s Will? How do we know it? Well, in many ways we know it and obey it in a much similar manner.
Jesus has left us in a way, and for an extended period of time. All through His ministry years He left us a paper trail of instructions. “Love one another,” “Abide in Me,” “Treat others the way you would like others to treat you.” And above all, “Be ready for the day of My return.” Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, James and others all wrote these things down for us and we can refer to their notes at any time.
Just before His departure Jesus gave us the greatest task of all. He said “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20).
We do these things because they need to be done. If I may be tired or sick while He is away I know I still must do them. I love my Lord and Saviour, and I want to please Him. He has entrusted me and every believer who hopes in Christ with these tasks. He has to. He won’t be here to do them, and there is no Plan B.