Who do you act like?
Would you say there is someone that you are trying to be like?
Jesus? That’s always a safe answer.
Remember that phrase WWJD? What Would Jesus Do? In the last twenty years it has undergone many adaptations, including What Would Jesus Drive? and recently What Would Jesus Bake? I did an image search of WWJD, and it is hilarious. There is “What wouldn’t Jesus do?” “What would Jesus do for a Klondike bar?” and the more serious “What would Jesus hate?” Go ahead and Google “What What Jesus Do” and see the millions of results. You’ll find books, a movie, of course bracelets, loads of t-shirts and more. Here is one of my favorite pictures:
For me years ago, WWJD as a concept sounded good. Basically the idea was that if we are trying to be like Jesus, we just ask ourselves in any situation “What Would Jesus Do?”, come up with the answer, and then do it. Here are a couple examples:
You’re angry at your favorite sports team for bombing a game, you want to curse at the TV? What would Jesus do?
You feel a little hungry before bed time, and you know that extra piece of pie would taste so good. You pat your growing waistline, and wonder “What would Jesus do?”
Your car has been acting up for months. You see a cool car commercial, and you think how good it would feel behind the wheel of a new one. What would Jesus do?
Sometimes it is hard to know what Jesus would do. He was never married, never had to deal with the internet, and was only 33 years old or thereabouts when he died. How in the world are we supposed to know what we he would do all the time? It’s a good question, I think, and one that is not easy to answer. But in our next sermon in the 1st Corinthians series, Paul talks about WWJD, and how to know just what it is Jesus would do. Kinda. Okay, he doesn’t mention WWJD at all, but I think you’ll see why I brought it up. Brace yourselves. Paul is done playing nice, and with this section of 1st Corinthians, he gets fired up. You actually might not be all that happy with Paul when you read this. I know I was thinking “Whoa…is he allowed to talk like that?” WWJD? Would Jesus talk like that?
See for yourselves: 1 Corinthians 4:6-21