October 24, 2012

Food for Heart, Oct. 19

Sherrie Lambert,
The Express-Star

—     W.W.J.D. Most will recognize these initials as representing the popular catch phrase,

'What would Jesus do'? Besides selling a lot of retail merchandise, hopefully its popularity inspired many to ponder this profound question and then to try and gage their actions accordingly.

    Me personally? The first time I heard it, my immediate response was, "Wow! How could one possibly know? After all, He is God!" Once when He wanted to get across a lake, He simply walked across the top of it! And on another occasion He made mud out of His own spittle and placed it on a blind mans eyes to heal them.

    Although I understood what the phrase was intended to accomplish, I couldn't help but think of all the stories in the Bible where 'what Jesus did' was totally unpredictable, unprecedented, and at times considered by some to even be unprincipled. One thing is for certain, Jesus did not concern Himself with W.W.M.(man)D., nor did He respond the way man might have expected Him to.

    W.W.J.D.? He constantly broke the laws that governed His fellow man at the time ... healing on the Sabbath ... touching the unclean ... having fellowship with harlots and tax collectors ... and forgiving people of their sins. And it wasn't just what Jesus did that His countrymen found scandalous, it was also how He did it. He taught, healed and reached out to men ... all men with the love and with the authority of His Father God.

    The world had never seen anyone like Jesus before or since. The Son of God had come to free man from bondage of sin and the burden of the law. He had come seeking that which was lost, and to pay the price for their redemption.

    He broke all barriers of race, gender and religion. He walked in love ... He talked of love ... and He acted in love. However some of those around Him conceived His actions as anything but acts of love.

    Because of what He said and did, Jesus was accused of being a Samaritan, demon- possessed, a hypocrite, a blasphemer, crazy, a friend of sinners, a rebel rouser and in the employment of Satan, just to name a few things. It's interesting to note here that Jesus' enemies labeled Him every negative epithet they could imagine, but interestingly enough, nowhere was He ever accused of being judgmental.  

    In John 14:10 Jesus asks His disciples, "Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work?"

    W.W.J.D.? The Word is full of scriptures that tell us what Jesus would do. Bottom line, Jesus did nothing but the will of God. John 6:38 tells us clear enough (Jesus speaking) " For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me."

    How did Jesus know W.W.G.(God)D.? He prayed. He stayed in constant communication with the Father.  John 10:30 tells us, (Jesus speaking) "I and the Father are one." And John 17: 20, 21 Jesus ask the Father for His disciples and for us to have the same relationship with Him that He does. "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us..." In prayer Jesus sought Gods guidance, direction, wisdom, strength and understanding, and once received He responded accordingly.

    You and I have that same privilege. The privilege of developing a relationship, of becoming one with the Father, and of knowing His perfect will for our lives. The lines of communication with the Father are open to us twenty-four seven. And when we ask with a humble, receptive heart, He will tells us what we need to do in any situation.

    How blessed we are my friend that we too can communicate with the Father just like Jesus did so that we too can know just exactly W.W.J.D.!