“…follow me.” Luke 9:23
I left home at about 21 years of age and have never looked back. I have spent the decades since doing many interesting and, I trust, useful things for the society in which I live. Various hobbies, educational pursuits, and family things have been the icing on the cake to my career of Christian ministry.
Often I catch myself doing something and the thought comes to mind, “Dad would do this in the same way.” I had a good father and he deliberately taught me many lessons in life. But what I refer to are the things I just picked up by hanging with him.
Things like only using a tool for its designed purpose, always seeking the best way to do something, being helpful to others whether you know them or not, being totally honest in your dealings with others, and so on. Dad did not teach these things by word of mouth so much as by how he lived.
Much about my approach to life was learned by watching my father in action. There was his teaching at its best. While I have gone on to involve myself with many things my father never attempted, I have never felt the need to unlearn and of the lessons he taught me about life and how to live it.
I have been greatly shaped in my own way of living because I watched and listened to my dad. And I can say I am much better off for being like my father.
A century ago Charles Sheldon posed the question, “What would Jesus do?” and prepared a series of messages dealing with the question. They later became his well known book, In His Steps. Sheldon was not concerned with personal redemption but rather with moral issues in life.
In the 1990’s Christian young people took up that question and wore bracelets with the letters WWJD on them. The movement had a good side to it that we all need to pay attention to in our own sorrows in life. We need to ask ourselves, “What would Jesus do?” and then do it.
However, the question comes, “How do you know what Jesus would do in a given situation?” The fact of the matter is that we need time with Jesus in order to learn about how He saw things in this life and how He responded to situations. Then we can put into practice what we see in Him.
Also we can learn to behave like Him by knowing His teaching. This is the most important area of concentration. Knowing Jesus’ teaching will be the most important information you will ever process in your life. Jesus said, “The words I have spoken to you…are life.” John 6:63 (NIV).
If you learn Jesus’ teaching and spend time considering His type of life you will be much better equipped for living yourself. You will be strengthened to take life as it comes, regardless of its issues. Why not come to Jesus and learn about Him and His teaching? If you do you will benefit for eternity!