“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)
After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, “That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys.”
How about you? Is it obvious to everyone that you are a Christian? Or do you try to hide it? If we are ashamed of Jesus he will be ashamed of us! In Mark 8:37 (NIV) we read Jesus’ words: “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in His Father’s glory with the Holy Angels.”
We should be making an effort to ensure that everything that we say, do and even think, should be ‘Christ’ian.
You see people wearing bracelets with WWJD. This is to remind them, before they retort in anger to a rude gesture, get impatient in a queue, or ignore the disabled sign on the parking space, that if we think What Would Jesus Do, we might be more likely to let the light of Jesus shine through us to a world in spiritual darkness.
1 John 1:6 (NLT) says, “So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness, we are not practicing the truth.” And in 2 Corinthians 4:5-6 (NIV-UK) we find Paul’s words: “for we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, Let light shine out of darkness, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
As the old saying, “If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”! Next time you are tempted to…..….., stop and think WWJD?
Father in Heaven, Help us to be aware of our behaviour, that it should reflect to your glory as we try to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. Help us to consider and give us the wisdom to understand ‘What Would Jesus Do’ in the circumstances we find ourselves in.
Study by Nancy Silcox