It is an unfortunate life for those who deceive themselves into thinking that they are “OK” Christians. Who say that though they have a few quirks and mishaps here or there that they are fine and someday they’ll end up in heaven because they read their bible and pray once in awhile. If this is what you think, the devil couldn’t be happier, because that is not what Jesus would do. We need to get passionate about how we live our lives and get back to the basics. Don’t let your life be defined by mediocrity! God has so much more for you than just getting by. Follow the example of Jesus Christ and overcome evil with good, no matter what the cost.
I think we all know what WWJD stands for, but for those who don’t, its “What Would Jesus Do?” This phrase was originated in the book In His Steps written by Charles Sheldon in 1897 (I highly recommend this book). If you can remember back a few years, everyone was wearing t-shirts and bracelets in every color with this phrase. I can recall our pastor preaching a sermon based on this topic and challenging the congregation to take on life asking WWJD in every situation and then acting on it.
Regretfully I never did take him up on it, but I believe I will now. See, I thought this concept was ridiculous at first and impossible to carry out. How could God expect me to do everything just they way He would? After all, I am only human and bound to make mistakes, right? Could God really hold me to that high a standard?
Yes, He could and He does. I John 2:6 says, “Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived.”(MSG) Using this verse we can judge our own relationship with God in that if our life does not reflect or resemble Jesus, then how strong can our relationship with Him really be? This is very difficult to do because it forces us to look at who we say we are in contrast to what we actually do.
Now let’s roll up the old sleeves and get down to the dirty work; it’s time for a hand’s on exercise (by the way I did this as well, I can’t expect you to do it if I don’t!). You say you believe in God and are a Christian, let’s see if you do what you say you believe (John 14:15, James 1:22). I want you to take a piece of paper and fold it in half the long way (vertically). I want you to think about everything you have done for the past twenty-four hours. On the left side write down everything you did that you honestly believe that Jesus would have done. On the right list everything you believe Jesus wouldn’t have done. Take some time with this. The point is not to show you what you’re doing right or wrong; it’s to get you to be completely honest with yourself, which you may not have done for quite some time. If the “bad” list is longer than the good, don’t beat yourself up over it and remember, the Holy Spirit convicts and condemnation is from the devil (Romans 8:1).
I believe that the first step in walking as Jesus did is to believe that it is possible. For far too long, Christians have been lied to and deceived into believing that we cannot walk upright and perfect before God. We have been fed the line, “Everyone sins, Christian or not” and that does not have to be the case. Yes we are all born into sin (having the nature of sin) but God has forgiven us of our sin through the death of Jesus (I Peter 2:21-24)! In John 5:24 Jesus tells the man He healed at the Pool of Bethesda, “Go and sin no more.” as well as the woman who was caught in adultery (John 8:11). In Matthew 5:48 Jesus commands us saying, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”(NKJ) Would Jesus have commanded us to be perfect if it were not possible? How then is it possible you ask? The same way Jesus did it, through the word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus, when tempted, used scripture to resist the temptation of the devil (Matthew 4:1-11). Paul writes in I Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
Basically it comes down to this, it is your choice to obey or sin and God has provided a way for you to always chose not to sin. No more living with the silly excuse of, “I’m only human”. I pray that the next time you come to the crossroad of doing right or wrong, do what Jesus would do, and choose God.
As the month progresses, I implore you to make an effort every day to live as Jesus would remembering that He is there with us every step of the way. Next month we will dig a little deeper into WWJD and look at individual areas in our life where we can be like Him.
Peace and God bless!