All too often we see bumper stickers that read “WWJD”. These four simple letters are meant to get the reader to think about what Jesus would do in a similar situation. A more important set of letters however, might be “WDJD”. Basically these little letters mean what did Jesus do? Well what did He do?
This is meant to get the reader to do two things. First, not enough Christians read their Bibles as much as they should. In any given situation, Jesus would have reacted a certain way. The only way however to see how He would have reacted, is to see how He did react. Now obviously, Jesus wasn’t driving a car down the road when He was suddenly cut off by a crazed maniac. There are however similar instances in the Bible, when someone was being rude or curt to Jesus. We need to study how He reacted and apply that to our everyday lives.
The second thing those four little letters are meant to do is to get the Christian walking in Jesus’ footsteps. Now that we have been reading the Bible to not only see what Jesuswould do, but also what Jesusdid do, we can start to live like Him. Jesus was the living and breathing example of how we are to live. The Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 1:16 states: “for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’” God expects us to try to be like Him, His Word says so.
There is no way we can ever really live like Jesus, or walk in His footsteps. We will always be a sinful creation. However with repentance of our sinful ways, and faith in Christ as our Savior, we are made clean in His sight. The fact that we are made clean in His sight does not mean that we are allowed to live how we like though. We must always work for our Savior. The apostle James said “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead” (James 2:26). Basically what he is saying here is if we do not have the works, we cannot have the faith. Faith and works complement each other. Furthermore, if we are not showing the world that we will continually work for Christ, then they may never know Him.
It is important to know who Christ is, but the only way we will know Him, is if we study Him and apply what we have learned to our own lives. We need to know what He did; to do otherwise is purely speculation. Then, and only then, may we act properly out of knowledge.