02
Nov
10

WWJD: You really want to know?

There was a wide spread fad not too long ago among Christian circles that seems to have passed.  Maybe you recall everyone (including this writer) wearing arm bands and t-shirts and bumper stickers and all kinds of parafanalia with the letters WWJD imprinted on them.  WWJD, of course, implying the question, “What Would Jesus Do?”  Sadly, the very fact that it has passed is perhaps an  indicator that it was only a fad and not a genuine movement.  I wonder if many of us during that time began to discover what Jesus really would do, and decided that it was not what we were willing to do?  WJWD (What Jesus Would Do) was just a little too tough a standard to follow!

Today, I hear good folks say, “I just want to be more like Jesus.”  To which I say, “Hoorah!”  That’s a great thing to want!  In fact, it is the highest standard for all believers to desire, and to strive for.  However, I hope I don’t sound too cynical when I say that most of us (intentional self inclusion), when confronted with what “being more like Jesus” really looks like,  draw back from actually being like Him.  Why?  Here’s what it would take:

 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

 Though he was God,
      he did not think of equality with God
      as something to cling to.
 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
      he took the humble position of a slave

    and was born as a human being.
   When he appeared in human form,
    he humbled himself in obedience to God
      and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
      and gave him the name above all other names,
 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
      in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
      to the glory of God the Father.
   -Philippians 2:5-11 (NLT)

Simply put, there was No Thing that Jesus was unwilling to let go of…to surrender…to abdicate …to sacrifice for the good of people (His creation) and for the glory of God.  Conversely, there are far too many things that we are unwilling to let go of…to surrender…to abdicate…to sacrifice for anything, because it would mean our own discomfort.

So…”What Would Jesus Do?”  The better question might be, “What Wouldn’t Jesus Do.”  Want to be more like Jesus?  WWID?  What Would I Do for that to happen?  Again, the better question is, “What wouldn’t I do?”

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1 Response to “WWJD: You really want to know?”


  1. 1 karen
    November 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    wow, eddie! awesome blog and reminder that talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words. we need to ask ourselves all the time, “what wouldn’t Jesus do?” thanks for reminding me of that.
    love ya!


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