Perhaps you remember the fad or craze just a little bit over a decade ago when everyone was wearing a WWJD bracelet … as usual I always miss the trend and have only been wearing my bracelet for six months or so … that along with my LIVESTRONG yellow wrist band. Reminders and inspiration …
Do you know the story behind WWJD?
In 1897, Charles Sheldon wrote and published a book entitled In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do? And although Sheldon was not the originator of that phrase, after selling more than 30,000,000 copies of the book the phrase / WWJD certainly became more popular and picked up some serious momentum. The basic premise of the novel … the pastor of a small town church issues a one year challenge to his congregation. Don’t do anything without first asking the question ‘What would Jesus do?’ And the story follows what happens to selected members of the congregation, including the pastor, as they respond to that challenge.
The basic premise of the WWJD question is for the believer to stop and consider what Jesus would do and then put forth his or her best effort to do the same thing … to mimic or imitate Jesus.
But is ‘What would Jesus do’ the right question?
Consider the following words of Paul …
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives IN me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 (ESV)
When a person is born-again, It is no longer the believer that lives but Christ who lives IN him or her. Believers live by faith IN the Son of God … by faith in what He has done, in what He is doing and what He will do. Our faith … our trust … is perfected in our response and cooperation with what Jesus will do IN and THROUGH us.
So I think the better question, asked with great anticipation, is ‘What will Jesus do?’ in each step of faith we take.
Exciting, isn’t it?