Are You Sure You Know What Jesus Would Do?

John 16:13-15
13. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
15. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Philippians 2:5-11
5. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Remember the fad where people wore bracelets and T-shirts with the letters WWJD? They’re similar to the call letters of a Chicago radio station that’s no longer around.

They stand for “What would Jesus do?” But what does that really mean? Do you know what Jesus would do if He were in your place?

Have you read through the Scriptures so thoroughly that you can accurately second guess what Jesus would do? And don’t give me the line that you’re filled with the Spirit and are acting on His behalf.

I’ve seen professed Christians go on TV after a loved one has been raped or murdered. The man or woman will tearfully say they forgive the perpetrator.

I cringe when I see that. Do they really know what they’re doing? I don’t think so. They’re likely still in the throws of shock and can’t think clearly.

It sounds nice to come across as forgiving. But is it justified in that situation? Should it be happening so soon? Is that truly what Jesus would do?

The key is in the Scriptures. Philippians 2:5-11 gives us good insights as to the mind of Christ. It’s an attitude of servanthood.

But who is to be the recipient of that service? Believers or unbelievers, or both? And in what situations?

What’s your calling? Since there are different spiritual gifts, your calling will likely be different than mine.

But a unifying factor seems to be that WWJD means being nice to people. You know, turn the other cheek, etc.

But Jesus wasn’t a nice guy at all to the Pharisees. He wasn’t always nice to His own disciples either.

Have you read Matthew 23 lately? It’s a scathing, burning dressing down of the Pharisees. He’s hardly the milk toast, meek, lowly Jesus so many want to portray him to be.

Jesus was full of surprises, too. He certainly didn’t do what was expected of Him. He didn’t set up His earthly kingdom when He was here. He let Himself be cruelly tried and brutally murdered.

And perhaps the biggest surprise of all is His resurrection from the dead. Who else could do that but the Son of God?

When we try to model ourselves after Jesus based on what’s in the Gospels, we open ourselves up for trouble. The four Gospels present us with a mine field.

We must be discerning as to who Jesus spoke to and when. He spoke and acted much differently to believers than to unbelievers. Can we see that and keep it straight in our puny minds?

We should question our assumptions regarding what we think Jesus would do.

I’ll be honest. I don’t claim to know what Jesus would do. I seek the filling and guidance of the Holy Spirit. But that doesn’t mean I necessarily do exactly what Jesus would do if He were in my shoes.

Because He’s so full of surprises, what we think He might do today might be something totally different than what He would do if He were here in bodily form.

Let’s be guided by the Scriptures, especially the church epistles, and let’s be filled with the Spirit.

The question should more rightly be asked, What would you do when you’re truly filled by the Holy Spirit?

Let’s practice His presence, as some one has put it. Let’s see whether we can do what we do in His name. If we can’t, then we shouldn’t.

And here’s a show stopper for you. Have you stopped to think how many times Jesus wouldn’t do anything at all?

Let’s not be so presumptive as to think we can do what Jesus would do. Only He knows what He would do. And the next time He comes to Earth, you might not like what He’ll do at all.

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