By Guest Blogger, Quiniece Sheppard
If we had asked ourselves this question “what would Jesus do”, then many of us wouldn’t be in the situation we are today. If we hadn’t taken prayer out of schools, separated church and state, married the man or woman that God told us not to marry, had pre-marital sex that lead to a STD or unplanned pregnancy, and the list could go on, then we would be in a much better place emotionally, physically, spiritually, and financially than we are right now. We should not only ask ourselves “what would Jesus do”, but also “what Jesus won’t do” (WJWD), so we can fully understand the ramifications of our actions.
I wonder what happened to the “wwjd” bracelets, t-shirts, hats, etc. that we all wore as a sign and symbol of hope and faith in God. Once upon a time, the slogan was so popular that even those who didn’t know Jesus wanted to get the paraphernalia because everyone was saying the slogan and buying the symbolic meanings behind what it stood for. For many of us, life happened and we got distracted with our problems and circumstances surrounding us, so we no longer asked ourselves “wwjd”. We had a situation and we responded or reacted to it the best we knew how and we just didn’t consider what Jesus would do. If we were to be honest, we simply did what we wanted to do without thinking twice about consulting God. I know I am guilty of reacting out of my flesh many times instead of first going to the source, which is Jesus Christ.
I know some of us reading this are like the bible character named Job found in the Book of Job who didn’t do anything wrong. We played by the rules and lived a righteous life and now we are going through a lot of tough situations. We shouldn’t act like Job’s friends and pre judge anyone for all the bad things going on in his/her life right now and say that it had to be his fault for all the bad things happening in their lives right now. No, that’s not right. Scripture tells us that tribulation and trials come to make us stronger, so they happen to all of us at one time in our lives. We will all face some difficulty just like our perfect savior, Jesus Christ, did. God rewarded Job for his faithfulness and he gave him double for his trouble and I know that if we continue the good fight of faith and remain steadfast, unmovable and unshakably in Jesus Christ, he will reward us.
The bible record that Jesus is a rewarder of those who diligently seek after Him so our living righteous for God is not in vain. Let’s not do it for our own selfish gain to get the blessings of God, but let’s do it so that others may know that Jesus Christ is real by looking at the way we live and conduct ourselves. Others are watching us whether we know it or not, so let’s really give them something to see. So, let’s go back to consistently asking ourselves “what would Jesus do” and “what Jesus wouldn’t do” when we are faced with dark and gloomy situations and I bet that He’ll meet us right where we are and not only tell us what it is He will do, but He will also guide us to help us do what it is He is calling us to do. So, if you don’t know what Jesus would do or want us to do, then here it is.
Matthew 22: 37 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all our mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it” you shall love our neighbor as yourself.”
Finally, I want to leave you with a scripture I always end with in my books.
“The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” Phillippians 4:9.
Love your sis in Christ,
Quiniece Sheppard is the founder of I am the Chase Ministries, LLC: a single women’s ministry whose mission is to promote abstinence and celibacy, and founder of Chasing Books Christian Book Club. Quiniece is also the author of “The Seven Deadly Sexual Sins” and “Before the Lights Go Out:11 Keys to Achieve Real Physical Intimacy”. For more information about Quiniece’s ministry and books, please visit her website at www.iamthechase.com. WWJD?