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What shall I do?

Luke 3:9,10 (and 11-14)
9 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance...
10 So the people asked him, saying, "What shall we do then?"
11 He answered and said to them, "He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise."
12 Then tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?"13 And he said to them, "Collect no more than what is appointed for you."
14 Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, "And what shall we do?" So he said to them, "Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages."

"What shall we do?" That is the manta of most Christians. Somehow we've boinled the Chrisitian life down to a "to do" list. Most of us are more comfortable with requirements than we are taking responsibility for our own lives. Often we willingly seek people who will tell us what to do (as long as we like what they tell us). For example, in my own life...

I want someone to tell me what to do to build a church - follow these steps and "ta-da"! Instead, I'm responsible to be a pastor who bears the fruit of growth and transformation in my own life.

In this passage, John the Baptist is trying to help people understand how the choice they made should impact thier lives. These are ideas to help start the process, not the "job description" of one who has "repented." There's more to do to bear the fruit of repentance, whether I'm a tax collector or a soldier, or just a regular guy with an extra coat. It's time people stop asking each other what we should be ding and start allowing the H.S. to keep shaping our lives and reponding to Him.

Lord, let my works be the fruit of a changed life, not the proof of it.

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