I am reading to my boys a children’s version of In His Steps, it’s called What would JESUS do? It does sound a little funny to actually go around and for every single thing that we are faced with in life to utter those four words “What would JESUS do?” Though after thinking about it, it’s not funny at all! Maybe if as Christians we said those words out loud in reference to every single thing we face, we would make a lot better decisions, we would walk by the spirit more than we would walk by the flesh, we would listen to the Holy Spirit more than we would tune HIM out, we would (grow to) be perfect as our FATHER in heaven is perfect.
For example: Would JESUS get drunk? Would JESUS spend so much money on HIMSELF, HE couldn’t afford to give to those in need? Would JESUS listen to music about people “getting it on”? Would JESUS listen to a comedian that cusses, belittles people, and speaks about sexually immoral behavior? Would JESUS read more of what other people wrote or more of what HIS FATHER wrote? Would JESUS watch so much TV, HE didn’t have to time to read HIS FATHER’s words? Would JESUS turn HIS nose up at someone because they looked different? Would JESUS tear someone up with words behind their back? Would JESUS look at naked or half-naked women or men or both? Would JESUS spend more time doing HIS thing or doing HIS FATHER’s thing? Would JESUS tell people about HIS FATHER or keep quite? Would JESUS find someone to help, or to serve or sit at home and have more “me” time? Would JESUS go watch a movie with female strippers as the main characters? Would JESUS read 50 shades of Grey? Would JESUS still love even when someone HE knows makes a bad decision? YES, but Would JESUS still speak truth? YES, HE would!!
Now the difference between JESUS and Christians……..JESUS was perfect, He was sinless and we are not perfect and we do sin and will continue to do so. So the difference for a Christian becomes all about our heart, “do we care about what JESUS would do and do we care if we are like HIM or we’re not?” Remember when we ask ourselves what would JESUS do, we are saying how can I please my FATHER
Before you get bent out of shape thinking I am judging anyone. Know this about me……….
“I am a work in progress: I mess up, I sin, I do not do everything I should and I may just have some things all mixed up BUT my heart is for HIM; my God, my Lord, my Savior, my Friend, my Father and my everything. Anything good in me and in my life is only because of HIM!! I daily have to pray to my God to create in me a clean heart and a right spirit! My desire is that God will use my brokenness, my mistakes, my heart, my home, my words, my actions, my choices and create from it all something beautiful that can be used by HIM to love on, to inspire, encourage and motivate others to walk in the life that God has always destined them to have.”
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:1-21 ESV)