I don’t know if I saw one of those old-school looking WWJD bracelets on someone earlier but something triggered my memory of those. I remember having several of them and I rocked them with pride! The only problem? I had absolutely no idea what it really meant.
This vision or whatever sparked the reminiscent feeling did more than just make me think about the fashion statement though. It reminded me of a time in my first days of Christianity when I felt I didn’t “belong in the ‘faith’.” I remember for years asking God to show up in situations and He wouldn’t. I would yell internally, “what do you want me to do!” flashing my little bracelet to the sky. I was so frustrated. The whole “God thing” was new to me and it didn’t bring what I was told it would. I expected answers to things right away. I expected immediate opportunities and powerful change right in front of my eyes. I see now that I expected the right things but I incorrectly expected what results actually looked like in real life and what my role in it was. If you are a new Christian do you connect with this frustration? If this isn’t new for you, have you found satisfaction in the real-life results of living out the Christian values?
Jesus main teaching purpose was to drive home the two new consolidated laws:
1. Love God with all of your heart and mind.
2. Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-40)
Love is one of the biggest lessons He came here to teach. 1 Corinthians 13:4 is the best holy-inspired definition of love available and 1 Corinthians 13:13 explains why it is so important. Out of faith, hope, and love, all will last forever but the greatest is love. If His main teaching was faith, hope, and love, that is exactly the presence He intended to leave behind for us to spread. This is What Jesus Would Do. W.J.W.D.! No? Ok it doesn’t have to stick.
So for new Christians, we sometimes feel like “what would Jesus do” is unattainable. It isn’t personal; we can’t connect with it, and because of that, the expected outcome is skewed. So we do nothing. What we can connect with in situations we need Jesus to show up in sounds more like this:
- What would faith do?
- What would hope do?
- What would love do? This one is kind of loaded so let’s break it out even more..what would patience do? What would kindness do? What would mercy and forgiveness do?
What does this outcome look like in real life? In John 14:12, Jesus tells us that we will do the same works He did and even greater works. This means we should expect to see us go further in life by faith. We should expect to have big vision through hope, and we should see people change because of the love we show them. Sometimes people won’t show a change you are part of, but if you connect with them through the heart, you can be at peace knowing you have been the hands and feet of Jesus.
What Would Jesus Do in your life today?