What Would Jesus Do? This phrase subtitled the book In His Steps by Charles Sheldon in 1886 and later became a popular catchphrase for teens in the 1990’s. Originally meant to show the stark contrast between what so-called Christians do and what Jesus said and taught, its meaning has become muddled by misuse and hypocrisy. I challenge you to read the book: you won’t regret a minute of it.
Think about how this thought-provoking phrase changes every part of our lives. But how it is even possible that we can move away from the Jesus of the Bible? While we don’t know every detail of His life, we have many of His words and actions recorded in explicit detail- not to mention the indwelling of the Holy Spirit! We have no excuse here in this age of freedom and access not to study to become more like Christ, but still we try to give reasons why we can’t live like Jesus did. If we think about Jesus, though, our words must fall away.
Why do we neglect to pray for days in a row? The third Person of the Trinity spent time in prayer.
Why do we lash out in anger at the smallest inconveniences? Jesus didn’t have any food either at the feeding of the 5,000, but He thanked God for what He did have, and see what happened!
Why do we spend money and time on ungodly entertainment? Jesus spent His time teaching, healing, and being a friend.
Why do we use social media to humiliate and downgrade others? Jesus had the power to tell the secrets of everyone He met, but He didn’t.
Why do we spend so much of our time trying to make our church building “the best”? Jesus’ church did not even have a building; they met in people’s houses.
Why are there entire countries without missionaries? Jesus went to the dangerous and hated country of Samaria and commanded His disciples to reach the world.
Why don’t we want to be involved in the children’s ministries? Jesus loved children and always had them near by.
Why do we harbor grudges against others? If anyone has ever had a reason to hate, Jesus did- but He said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Why do we think it is a hardship to go on visitation for one or two hours a week? Jesus spent all day in the open air and heat to reach people who would or would not accept Him.
Why do we try to make it easy to serve the Lord? Jesus had no home, His brothers didn’t believe Him, many of His disciples deserted Him, His closest friends turned their backs on Him, He was killed by those He came to save. The servant is no better than the master.
Look at your life right now. How many areas of it would Jesus approve of?
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.“ (Matthew 5:13-16)
Can anyone see Jesus in you?