I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?” Or ‘WWJD’ at some point in your life. But have you ever actually stopped to think about what it really means? You’re probably thinking “yeah, love your neighbor, don’t lie.. that stuff. Duh.”
While it is true that God doesn’t want us to lie or steal and wants us to love each other, today God opened up my eyes a little more, or my heart rather, to better grasp the concept of the famous saying.
And he used road rage to do it.
I don’t have to be God to know that anyone who drives has experienced road rage in some form or fashion. (And not just verbal road rage- flipping someone the bird counts too) I won’t deny I’m known to have a lead foot and always in a hurry to get where I’m going. This morning a truck pulled out in front of me on the way to work. Of course I dramatically blew my horn, mostly out of fear because I thought I was about to wreck. The person driving didn’t even notice and as I whipped my car around to drive past them, I made sure to give them a dirty look and throw up my hands like “what the heck?” I wanted them to know how reckless they were and that I wasn’t happy about it.
As I kept driving I started feeling a little guilty, and just a tad childish. Yes, that person could have injured us both pulling out in front of me or anyone else, but he didn’t. And literally out of no where the saying “what would Jesus do” popped in my head and I was humbled. What do you think Jesus would have done? I can tell you he certainly wouldn’t have made it a point to let that driver know he was wrong, or throw obscene hand gestures.
This reminded me of a preaching I heard by Joseph Prince, who encountered a very similar situation and he heard the lord speak to him and say “That is my child and I love them too.”
Even if someone hurts us, (or almost hurts us) does something we don’t like or disagree with, or maybe we just have a hard time getting along with them. You have to always remember that God loves them as he loves you. God forgives them just as he forgave you. Sometimes that can be a very hard pill to swallow.
But then this thought came to me.
“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
Jesus, knowing he was about to die and was going to be betrayed and denied, washed the feet of those who were going to hurt him. The ones that were closest to him. There are so many verses throughout the Bible that talk about the compassion of Jesus but this one captivated me. If I knew one of my closest friends would turn me over to die, could I show them that compassion? Could I wash their feet? Could I love them? No. I don’t think so.
So I challenge anyone who reads this to keep that saying in your mind. Someone cuts you off while driving? WWJD. You encounter a rude customer at work? WWJD. You hear someone gossiping about a friend, family member or co worker? WWJD.
In all things, ask yourself what would Jesus really do?