I'm Bringing WWJD Back, Yeah!

Following Christ means actually following the way he lived. I'm bringing W.W.J.D. bracelets back because I can't think of a better filter to make decisions through than asking myself, what would Jesus actually do in this situation? Here's the problem, though. Too often we ask that question when we don't even have our lives setup to ask that question. We're living our safe, comfortable lifestyle and then we ask "W.W.J.D.?" about where to send our children to school... or if we should buy a second house... or should I major in counseling or finance?

People will then tell me, "But, God cares about all aspects of our lives, though."

My point is, I don't think you'd be thinking about those things if you truly had the mind of Christ. Your life has to be setup like Christ in order for you to ask what he'd do in a situation. That's why it sounds so silly to ask "W.W.J.D.?" about so many things... Because Jesus wouldn't even be in that situation!

What is the mind of Christ, then? Unfortunately, it's not as pretty as getting to live a safe, comfortable life. In order to be able to filer things through W.W.J.D., you need to be seeking the same mind as Christ -- otherwise you're just asking W.W.J.D. in situations Jesus wouldn't be in. How do you seek the same mind as Christ?

Philippians 2:1-11
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

That's how. You become a servant, you sell what you have, you are willing to die for this thing. I'm not talking about perfection here. I'm saying that there are two different paths you can be seeking. If you're on the broad path, it doesn't make sense to ask "W.W.J.D.?" because you're interacting with situations that Jesus didn't interact with because his life wasn't setup to have the safety and comfort yours has. If you're on the narrow path, that's where "W.W.J.D.?" makes sense and is actually usable.

Final point: If you're on the broad path, the only answer you should be getting to "what would Jesus do?" is: "Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."

The Sand is Running Out

I don't have much time left on this earth. I'm starting to really consider how I want to use that time. The only thing I know is that I have to hear "well done..." when I stand before the Lord. In order to hear that, I must believe. Unfortunately, the American church has taken one or two verses in scripture to make it sound like you can pray a prayer and hear "well done..." If you read the whole bible, however, you'll see fairly clearly that what you're believing is that Jesus Christ is worth trading in your whole life for.

Your judgment isn't based on having correct thoughts about Jesus and God. What is it based on then? I think the whole theme of the New Testament is pretty clear about this. No verse is clearer than Matthew 25:34-35.

"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'"

Do you believe that Christ is worth trading in your whole life for? Imagine you've read the bible on an island your whole life -- what would you think was required of you as a "believer"? You'd understand what few in churches today do: that you must give up your life, sell everything you have, take up your cross... Trade in your life.

Not only is your final judgment based on this, but your blessing now is based on this. I'm not talking about being blessed with "the good life" (I think it's a molestation of the gospel when we say that the Lord blessed us with a huge house, nice car, great income, and then we live the safe life. The Lord isn't blessing you with those things--he's trying to see if you're going to chose Him over all your junk... and you're failing the test.) I'm talking about being blessed by getting to live everyday waiting to see how the Lord is going to provide and lead you. You get to live every day waking up and going to bed saying, "Wow... there better be a heaven. If not, then I am living the stupidest life imaginable." It is so beautiful and I don't want to live any other way.