I remember in my teen years, there was a popular saying, "What would Jesus do?" All of my Christian friends wore bracelets, t-shirts, etc., as reminders on how to react like Jesus on any decision or situation in their daily lives. Like with every other trend, they come and go, and soon are forgotten.
Recently, I have started reading the book, "In His Steps," by Charles M. Sheldon. In the first few chapters it talks about a particular pastor that was forever changed by a homeless man who spontaneously spoke at his church. Without giving too much of the story away, the pastor decided to ask the congregation if anyone would like to take a pledge with him for one entire year not to do anything without asking the question, "What would Jesus do?" There was a small group of people who stayed and took the pledge. Over time, the group had come to the general consent that the "application of the Christ spirit and practice to the everyday life required a knowledge of Him and an insight into His motives that most of them did not yet possess." Basically, the people found it difficult to put Jesus into all of their decisions and tasks throughout the day. In the past, they felt they were making sound, Christ-like choices, until they made the pledge and after that, it seemed that most of their judgment calls did not satisfy the question, "What would Jesus do?
This had me thinking how many times in my day do I ask, "What would Jesus do?" Do you ask that question in your life? What would Jesus do with an annoying neighbor? What would Jesus do with a cranky husband? What would Jesus do with an over-filled schedule? What would Jesus do with a difficult co-worker? What would Jesus do with a sick loved one? What would Jesus do with the empty spaces in our day? What would Jesus do in your ministry? The questions could go on and on…. but the truth of the matter is how well do we know Christ to properly answer the question, "What would Jesus do?"
I hope this encourages and pushes all of you to search those moments in your day where you can go to God and have him make the decisions for YOU. Let us bring back the trend W.W.J.D. in a whole new way!