What would Jesus do? What example did He leave us to follow through His life?
Yesterday, I was having a conversation with my 11-year-old son. We were talking about different things that we allow in our lives through movies, video games, etc. I asked what he thought Jesus might do. Would Jesus watch certain movies or play certain games?
He replied, "You never can tell with Jesus. I mean, he did stuff that people weren't expecting like wash other people's feet. Nobody was expecting him to do that but that's what he did. So, it's hard to say what Jesus might do."
Now, he's 11, so in his mind I can see how this makes sense. If I was 11, I might be able to enjoy the same bliss of thinking 'you never can tell with Jesus'.
But instead I'm 33. I know better than to think Jesus would be unpredictable.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Hebrews 13:8 NCV
Jesus was unpredictable in some of the things that he did, but only to the world. Jesus always leaned towards what God would find pleasing. Even at the end of his life, in the garden, he knew that he didn't want to go to the cross but submitted himself to the will of God. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Jesus has a heart for the Father (God), and with that, a desire to please Him.
I've gone to church since I was little, well since I was born actually. Here I am still sorting things out. What would Jesus do? How would Jesus react?
"Brothers and sisters, in the past I could not talk to you as I talk to spiritual people. I had to talk to you as I would to people without the Spirit—babies in Christ. 2 The teaching I gave you was like milk, not solid food, because you were not able to take solid food. And even now you are not ready. 3 You are still not spiritual, because there is jealousy and quarreling among you, and this shows that you are not spiritual. You are acting like people of the world." 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 NCV
Paul told the Corinthians that he could not talk to them on a spiritual level because they were still acting like the world.
To that I say, 'Goodbye, Christian Whore'.
That's the point of this whole page. I don't want to stay on milk my entire life. I want to mature and grow. If a human remained a baby forever, how would it benefit the world? Babies are helpless, they need assistance. As they grow, they mature. In their maturity, they are able to contribute to others through their words and actions.
Sometimes, there are those who grow but don't mature. You know who I'm talking about. That person that does something to make you roll your eyes and say, "Really?"
The same is true with Christians. When we become a Christian (baby) and never mature, the world (unbelievers) often look at us rolling their eyes saying, "Really?" We're not setting the example, we're not growing. It's silly, foolish, and often damaging to outsiders that are watching.
Paul gives a warning to Timothy, who was younger in the faith:
"Be careful in your life and in your teaching. If you continue to live and teach rightly, you will save both yourself and those who listen to you." 1 Timothy 4:16 NCV
The world is watching. Are we stepping it up? Are we maturing or still sucking on milk?
God, help me to mature. Help me set aside what the world deems as 'normal' life and dare to live a life for You. Help me walk and speak with confidence. I'm still sorting things out, God. Things that I've accumulated throughout my life. Holy Spirit, give me wisdom. Help me sweep my house clean of incorrect teachings and ideas. Remove the religious rituals and teachings from me and replace it with Your Love. Replace it with your fresh daily bread. Your fresh breath and new word. Fire up my faith! Amen
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