Telling Jesus What To Do

A few days ago, a friend posted on Facebook that his wife had left him a note on the refrigerator that was something to the effect of:

“Tell Jesus to water the back yard.”

He evidently had the same chill run down his spine that I did when reading it, until he remembered that “Jesus” – probably pronounced “hey-seuss” – was the name of the gardener she had contracted with.

Most of our prayers are worded carefully enough that we realize we’re not telling God or His Son what to do … but I have to wonder sometimes if we could say that about some of the things we teach.

If we really backed up a few light-years and heard those teachings with divine ears, would they sound like we were telling God what to do … by telling others that our interpretation of His Word is exactly what it says and what it means?

And if so, does God find that insulting and infuriating? Amusing? Both? Neither?

Are there times when His Son still says, “Forgive them … for they don’t know what they’re doing”?

If He does … is it because we’re crucifying Him all over again?

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2 thoughts on “Telling Jesus What To Do

  1. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:watering the back yard, don't seem to be asking much, does it?

  2. I can remember hearing a few sermons in my lifetime where it seemed like the preacher knew more about how God should act and what he should like (and dislike) than God himself knew.Grace and peace,Rex

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