On All Occasions: Holding on, While Letting Go: Traversing discouragement

On All Occasions: Holding on, While Letting Go: Traversing discouragement
I am free to let go of things for the sake of making the supremacy of God's worth known. John Piper

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What Would You Do? (WWYD?)

We’ve often heard the question asked, “What would Jesus do?” (WWJD?) It’s a question we ask ourselves, and one another from time to time when we are seeking Jesus’ example of living on mission, and relating to others. Our recent local and national elections have reminded me of how polarized our politics are, and of how that polarization carries over into religion, and the view many not-yet believers have of Christianity. Jesus made a distinction between the religious practices of the Pharisees, and His example of going to sinners and the sick, to the oppressors and the oppressed, and to the lepers and the outcasts in society.

I got to thinking...what would you [and I] do, (WWYD?) if Jesus was visible in the flesh? Like the apostle Thomas, would it matter if we could see Jesus, and touch His hands? When in His visible presence, would we behave or respond differently to the world around us? Would we identify the hypocrisy that not-yet believers find so evident in us? 

I actually considered ordering a life-sized cardboard cutout of Jesus as an experiment, and taking it with me so that I could have a visual reminder that Jesus is always here with me. In the busyness of life, I think we often need to remind ourselves of the constant implications of faith. Imagine, taking Jesus to church…would He have our attention? Would we stumble over one another in our efforts to serve, to give, to spend time at His feet? How would our love be different; our priorities; our gratitude; and our willingness to sacrifice? 

Are you and I practicing a religion, or are we following Jesus? What would YOU do, (WWYD?)? Practice His presence. Spend time with your Savior. Welcome the Holy Spirit. Take Him with you wherever you go…Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Heb. 11:1


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