“WWJD” or “What would Jesus do?” This simple phrase has become a common question to guide most Christians in making “right” decisions in today’s world of secular, worldly living. Although I have heard this phrase and seen it engraved on bracelets, bookmarks, and other items at Christian book stores, I always responded to this popular phrase as the result of Christian pop culture to promote and sell religious “trinkets” promoting the slogan and to be used as a tool to encourage spiritual growth. I really never gave it too much credence for serving as a moral compass. Instead, I try to live a life that is reflective of my Christian faith and love for God.
It wasn’t until a recent conversation with a Christian friend that I realized that considering “what would Jesus do” could be a valuable tool in living a victorious Christian life, especially during those moments of indecision regarding one of the many moral issues that face us on a daily basis. If we take this phrase literally and decide to frame the choices and decisions we make based on it, we can actually experience a more victorious Christian life. I believe the key point is not to just wonder what Jesus would do, but to also take the time to study Christ’s teachings and directions so that we “know” what Jesus would do.
What would Jesus do? In the most basic sense, He would do what is right (true, correct, authentic, perfect, exact). This begs the question, what is right according to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For years I have focused on what the writers of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, James, Peter and Paul) had to say regarding doing what is right in my Christian walk. Their writing and direction has certainly framed my thinking, attitude, and actions, therefore impacting the choices and Christian lifestyle I live. However, as my friend and I began to think about this concept, we both agreed that there are times when we seek direction from the Bible only to come to a point where we are more confused than enlightened about what to do. As we talked about this, we began to think about the idea of using the “What would Jesus do” concept when mulling over a confusing issue. It was during this conversation, that this tool began to make a lot of sense. It also helped us both realize that we need to study God’s word and Jesus’ teachings in particular to gain a better understanding of what our Savior would do in those difficult circumstances of life.
I asked Christ to come into my life and save me from my sins over forty years ago, yet, over all these years of my Christian walk, I had never really focused completely on what Jesus “said” and “taught” during his ministry. Yes, I have read the Bible and certainly have read the words of Christ, but I never really focused all of my mind and attention completely on His words, instruction and teachings. I also realized that although there are many books on various faith-based issues, the bible, and Christian growth, I had never come across a book that is written based entirely on what Jesus said while he was here. That realization motivated me to make a commitment to study the four gospels focusing on the words of Christ, His teachings and His references to the Torah and Old Testament scriptures.
As I begin to study Christ’s words, I plan to write down every word He spoke, compiling the “words of Christ,” in their entirety while focusing my mind and attention on our Saviors instruction to his followers and disciples. I hope to then organize his teaching into specific topics relating to specific issues and concerns. Finally, I hope to glean from His words, important and valuable lessons that can be applied to my Christian life. I also believe that many of those unanswered questions I have had, may finally be answered. I am confident that as I begin to study what our Savior instructed his early followers, I will begin to experience a new sense of direction, wisdom, and meaning regarding my own spiritual journey.
I will be using my blog, Haudcerto – Never Settle, to keep a journal of this journey and hope it will not only prove to be a very beneficial experience for myself, but also for those of you who faithfully read my blog.
Until next time…Haud Certo