If you’ve ever been to Sunday school, you probably know what I’m talking about when I say “WWJD?”. Most likely, you’ve even had a homemade bracelet at some point with lettered beads that spell out the same popular slogan. I‘ve known the saying for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized what it truly meant. I mean really, think about how drastically the world would be impacted if every Christian lived by the motto:
What would Jesus do?
What would Jesus do when no one was around? What would Jesus look at on the internet, spend His time on, invest His money in? How would Jesus treat His parents, friends, siblings, and co-workers? If every Christian did as they believe Jesus would do, according to the commands and examples laid out in the Bible and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, what would the world look like? How would businesses, schools, and churches be different?
If you’ve never read the book In His Steps, then now is the time. I’ve even gone so far to attach a link to the title above that leads to amazon, where you can buy it for about 6 dollars (or download the kindle version for 99 cents!). This classic novel tells the chilling stories of every-day people who decide to take this following Jesus thing seriously. Some of these stories give me goosebumps!
In the book, after an unnerving event that takes place one morning in the honorable, aristocratic First Church of Raymond, Pastor Henry Maxwell decides to step up the game when it comes to discipleship. He realizes that he and his congregation had been following Jesus all wrong. This paragraph near the end of the book really popped out at me:
Sisters and brothers in Christ, I’m learning that dormant Christianity is not an option.
The Pastor’s challenge to his church was to commit to asking “What would Jesus do?” in every situation for one whole year. Many in his congregation called the challenge unrealistic and radical; others took it seriously. Guess which class of Christians was happier and closer than ever to Christ a year later? Yet those same Christians who took the pledge also suffered for Christ in ways they never could’ve imagined. Are you willing to suffer for Christ, friend? Am I?
What I’m asking you to do is join me in taking this WWJD Pledge for one year, just like the people in the book. Fill in the pledge card, print it out, and hang it somewhere where you’ll see it every day. From now until February 13, 2017 (and hopefully even beyond), let’s each ask the question “What would Jesus do?” before every decision in life- everything from cleaning our rooms to choosing our majors in college to spending our money on video games and Starbucks. If you are led by the Holy Spirit to take this pledge with me, please let me know. Comment here or shoot me an email; it would encourage me immensely to have someone to trek through this journey with. Also, share the movement with a friend!
If the Holy Spirit is tugging on your heart today as He is on mine, please don’t ignore it. This could change lives; not only ours, but also the lives of those around us. I’m praying with all my heart that the Holy Spirit would continue to use this challenge in the lives of every-day people like you and me to show the world the precious love that Jesus Himself has bestowed upon us.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
…[A]nd if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.