Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." (Matthew 19:21 NRSV)
One the fastest-selling items in religious bookstores over the past few years has been a little bracelet with the letters "W-W-J-D" engraved on it. Those letters stand for "What Would Jesus Do?" That question was the central focus of a small book written more than one hundred years ago titled IN HIS STEPS.
IN HIS STEPS is the story of a somewhat complacent church congregation that is goaded by a tramp into taking seriously their mission in the world as followers of Jesus. When the tramp dies, the deeply moved congregation commits itself to living for one year with the constant question, "What would Jesus do?" Every action or decision the congregation makes is based on this question, "What would Jesus do?"
It's not an easy year for the congregation, but they stay true to their commitment, and in the end have a powerful influence on the surrounding community.
What WOULD Jesus do if he were in our place, confronting the dilemmas you and I face each day?
Dear God, help me to do the things that Jesus would do. In Jesus name, Amen.
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