What would Jesus do? WWJD?
You probably have heard the saying “What would Jesus do?” or maybe you have seen WWJD on a bracelet. Where did this start? What does it mean?
In 1896 Charles Sheldon, an American Congregationalist minister, published a book titled “In His Steps” and it was subtitled “What Would Jesus Do?” Because there was a mistake in the copyrights of the book it was broadly re-published which caused it to be affordable and widely distributed. His book grew out of his sermons with characters being led to take Christianity more seriously by focusing on the life of Jesus. The bracelet WWJD was a fad that started in the 1990s that continues to this day.
It is difficult to fathom what Jesus would do in a particular situation because it is impossible to walk in his steps. Jesus is the shepherd and we are the sheep. A better idea may be to look at the question differently. In a particular situation ask yourself what would Jesus want me to do.
When Jesus was asked what the most important commandments to follow? He answered “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37,39 (NIV)
It is difficult when we have been wronged or hurt by someone to show love and compassion to them. I myself have struggled through this. Remember that we are all sinners, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 (NIV)
There may be circumstances unknown which may have caused the wrongdoers to sin against us. We also fight a spiritual battle with the Devil who distracts our eyes from seeing the truth.
So What would Jesus do? I think the simplest answer requires only one word, “Love”.