If you have by any chance read any number of the letters written to you on this website, you will notice more than a few occasions these words, “What are you going to do about it.”
These are not words that are enjoyed by many, it is not a sentence that many people enjoy hearing, it is a question that indicates an action that has yet to be accomplished. What it does in most cases is in essence put people “on the spot,” so to speak, and beyond that it connotates a negative impact within the mind as to what may or may not happen if they do nothing, or places within their thoughts the idea that something must be done by them.
These are all true, to a degree, but what is mistaken by the individual nearly every time that I have spoken these eight words to someone is that they believe that I am seeking an answer, that I have a personal need or desire to know this most important part of their life, and there is where the grave mistake comes into play, and if not careful, even the one asking the question, “What are you going to do about it,” can fall into a serious trap.
When we speak to anyone, saved or lost, there must always be in the forefront of our minds the truth that we are representing Jesus Christ, that we are the only Bible that some people will ever read, and all of the pride that can come from the knowledge and wisdom from the Lord, knowledge and wisdom that is not of us, but imparted to us for the glory of God, must be cast aside.
It is generally implied within any conversation that the context is to be adhered to, but I have noticed over the decades that this is becoming less and less true, not only because people’s minds wander, this has always been a known fact, but because conversations are now seen as only relevant if they are connected in some way, shape, or form to the hearer, and the hearer must want to listen. Small talk, in other words, today is considered conversation.
This statement “What are you going to do about it” does not leave room for small talk, and therefore it is shunned by most that hear it as non-essential to their lives. The context that I have always, to the best of my knowledge, employed this short question in has always been relative to an action that is to be employed for the glory of God, it can, and has been, stated in other terms, “When are you going to stand,” “How far are you willing to go,” but no matter the phrasing, the structure remains the same, and requires not just words as a response, but a definitive, recognizable action, just not to me.
This is the defining moment that I spoke of earlier, this one statement will alter the course of the entire conversation, and that is why you must ask it. Most people as I said believe I am looking for an answer to the question, and nothing could be farther from the truth. While it is true that I would not ask it if I didn’t care, it is also true that the answer has absolutely nothing at all to do with me, I have asked and answered the question to myself innumerable times, and in the politest of words you must inform the hearer of this fact, you must let them know that their answer will have no effect on you whatsoever, it will not altar your walk with Christ in any way.
Most individuals will deflect the answer that they believe they should give, or will do just that, give an answer they believe is the correct one, the one that you want them to say. Such is the simple mind, and it must be tolerated, but it should not be left where it is, or there will be no growth, and a stagnate person is a dead person.
Here then is what you may attempt to say to them, if they have not left your presence by now, if they have not become combatant or disregarded you completely. Say this to them, or something very similar to it, “What did you do for me,” for that is the question that all of us will be asked directly to our face by the Savior Himself one day, and you will be expected to answer Him. Let them know that these six words said by Christ on their day of accounting will require an answer.