About a decade ago, a craze of WWJD bracelets swept the world. Everyone wearing these bracelets was supposed to see them and be reminded to ask themselves, “What Would Jesus Do?” in each situation that they faced.
I loved the concept behind this bracelet and wore one for awhile before it became a victim of my bad memory or frequent purse changes. Though the bracelet itself disappeared… the reminder has always stuck with me.
Recently, our family has been dealing with some serious struggles in our life. The kind of struggles that the enemy can use to zap your joy and rob you of your peace if you allow him to. I have had to focus each day on not just asking myself “What would Jesus Do?” but also, “How Would Jesus React?”
I came across this passage in Philippians Chapter 2 recently and realized that this was my answer to that second question of how Jesus would react:
5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
6 Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
8 he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Did Jesus always like the things that he had to do or endure? I am sure he did not… yet he was willing to be submissive to his Father and complete the challenging tasks that he was sent for. He did not do this so that he could be glorified… but so that he could bring glory to his Father in Heaven.
Jesus’s attitude was one of submission, service, and trust.
As I read and re-read this passage I began to ask myself: Does my attitude always reflect one of submission, service, and trust?
I knew the answer before I even finished asking the question… no. There are too many times that I allow fears to creep in or let doubts color my attitude when I react to our struggles.
I am seeing that God does not only use challenging times to deepen our faith in him and his timing… but also reprogram our reactions and attitudes in response to them.
This week the verse that I have chosen to meditate on and memorize is Philippians 2:5:
“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”
This week and beyond, instead of asking myself, “What would Jesus Do?” I will focus on:
I know that if I can get my attitude to match Jesus’s — then my actions will follow his example each time as well.
I invite you to focus on this same question in your life… together let’s cultivate a culture that is focused on developing the attitudes and actions of Jesus! Imagine how that new focus in your life would impact the world and the people around you!