JUST DO IT!
Introduction: John 2:1-11
A. Nike has made the statement “Just do it” famous. I have seen it on TV commercials. I have seen it on hats, shirts, shoes, and any number of other places.
B. The phrase has been used to promote exercise, diets, and other activities.
C. It is one of the most powerful statements I have seen, heard, read, or used.
D. “Just Do It” means that we are to act…to take action without giving it too much thought!
E. It may be OK to “look before you leap” in some areas, but in others, you need to “Just do it.”
F. And such is surely the case in our present study. The reading is John 2:1-11. Jesus and His disciples are at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. They run out of wine and Mary tells Jesus about it. Then Mary said to the servants: “Whatever He says to you, do it!”
G. We will observe exactly what she said in some detail to help us be better people and better examples as Christians.
H. In doing so we will notice four points:
2. He Says
3. To You
4. Do It
I. We need to “do it” without question. We need to “do it” without explanation. We need to “do it” without reservation. We need to “do it” without hesitation. In other words: Just do it!
A. Note first, she said “whatever.” Does not matter what it is…Just do it! During the time Jesus was on earth He told various ones to do some unusual things.
1. He told a blind man to “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (Jn. 9:7).
2. He told those at the tomb of Lazarus to “Take away the stone” (Jn. 11:39).
3. He told these servants at this wedding to “Fill the waterpots with water” (Jn. 2:7).
B. I sure that none of these understood why He told them to do what He told them to do.
C. But they did it anyway. They did it without hesitation. They did it without reservation. And they did it without conversation.
D. And guess what. The blind man could see. Lararus was raised. And the wedding guests had plenty of wine to drink.
E. Why? Because they all evidently knew the meaning of the phrase “Just do it!”
F. So when God tells us something to do today we need to do it. “Do it” whether we understand all about it or not. For example, He said for us to teach people the gospel and baptize them (Matt. 28:19). He said those who believe and are baptized will be saved (Mark 16:16). He said to pray for our leaders, do good to others,etc. “Whatever He says to you do it!”
II. HE SAYS
A. Note the next two words are whatever “He says.” Observe that Mary said, “Whatever HE says….”
B. It is not what others say. It is not what others believe. It is not what others think. It is what “He says!”
C. Do not let me, or anyone else, force you into a mold, system, or pattern of thought that we create for you. Always listen to Jesus.
D. This is why it is important to study the Bible for yourself as much as you can. Think for yourself. Don’t let people make a hypocrite out of you. In other words don’t let people make you act like something you are not or say things you do not really believe.
E. If you don’t see it yourself, don’t say it. If you don’t believe it, don’t teach it no matter what it is.
F. People have told me, because I did not agree with them on certain things, “Wayne, you just don’t believe the Bible!” But I do believe the Bible as I understand it. However I just don’t believe their interpretation of the Bible.”
III. TO YOU
A. It is whatever He says “to you” do it. Jesus does not say the same thing to everybody.
B. There are some things that apply to all of us, but not all things.
C. For example, He said on one occasion, “What I say to you I say to all, watch.” He says this to all of us.
D. But He did not tell His disciples or us to “fill the waterpots.” He said that to the servants at the wedding.
E. It was the “servants” who filled the waterpots. It was not the disciples. It was not His mother. It was not the other people at the wedding.
F. God said some things to the apostles that only applied to them.
G. He said some things to Elders and preachers that only apply to them.
E. He says some things to you that may only apply to you.
IV. Do it.
A. It is whatever He says to you “do it!” Don’t just think about it, do it! Don’t ask someone else about it, just do it.
B. If it doesn’t make sense, do it anyway! If you don’t understand it, just do it! If you cannot figure out why, just go ahead and do it!
C. They were blessed at the Wedding then…and you and I will be blessed by doing His bidding now.
D. Just do it! If not now, when? If not here, where?
E. Remember these verses:
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. (Matt. 7:24).
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:25).
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. (Matt. 7:21)
His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” (Jn. 2:5).
F. Whatever. He says. To you. “Do it.” And He will see you “through it!” Read the following verse carefully from the Easy To Read version:
I am sure that the good work God began in you will continue until he completes it on the day when Jesus Christ comes again. (Phil 1:6).
Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).