The WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) movement was to encourage Christian to look to Jesus in our decision making. I always felt that since Jesus is God, I was going to fall very short of what he would do. In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus gives his disciples clear directions as to what they should do. It is quite a challenge for us mere mortals.
Let’s take a look at verse 25, “If you decide for God, living a life of God worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body (The Message).” I find this quite challenging. Living in materialistic America, these words cut to the quick. The quick being where life happens. But this is not a concern just for Americans. Evidently, those in ancient Israel needed to hear these words.
In this whole section, from verse 19-24, Jesus is giving his disciples a new view of their life. He wants them to refocus. As followers of Jesus, we need to look at life differently; step outside of the social norms, and focus on what God is doing. Jesus doesn’t want us to worry about the things of this world; he wants us to trust our Father in Heaven with them. Jesus came to set us free. This refocusing is a part of that freedom.
This sounds great doesn’t it? So how are you doing with this? I’m struggling. My struggle is within and against my sinful nature. That’s why WWJD bothered me. I knew I couldn’t do what Jesus would do. The Apostle Paul gives quite a dissertation on this struggle in Romans 7:14-25.
I am battling to refocus my life, but I am always relying on God’s grace and mercy. Grace is not an excuse for sin, but it is God’s answer to our failings. Jesus is in the battle with us every day. He is our strength in times of weakness. We are not alone in our struggles.