|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “You have been set free”
Our Bible verse for today: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” John 14:6 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “The Jesus way”
Pastor and author Eugene Peterson once had this to say about Jesus’ metaphor of being “the way”: “The Jesus way wedded to the Jesus truth brings about the Jesus life … But Jesus as the truth gets far more attention that Jesus as the way. Jesus as the way is the most frequently evaded metaphor among Christians …”
We commonly think of Jesus as “the way” to heaven. And He is that. That is the primary context of John 14:6. But He’s more than just the way to eternal salvation, He’s also the model of the way we as Christians are to live. Repeatedly throughout the gospels Jesus demonstrated with His own life and taught in His parables how He wants His followers to conduct themselves, and then He said “Now go and do likewise”.
Seriously. We need to pay attention to this. Jesus is our example. He shows us how we are supposed to conduct ourselves in this world. We are to measure our life and conduct against His, and then make adjustments accordingly. His life is the gold standard and His example is our guide, it’s what we’re supposed to be striving for.
Not too many years ago there was a popular saying in Christian culture which we were supposed to frequently ask ourselves as both a challenge and a reminder. It was, “What would Jesus do? (WWJD)” It’s true that it was overused to the point of becoming a trite cliché and yet, it is Biblical. And important. And helpful. What would Jesus do in your situation?
Granted, He is not you and you are not Him. Your world today is different than His world was then. Jesus wasn’t a forty-year -old man driving a car in Crossville, TN and He didn’t just get flipped off by another driver who thinks you cut him off. But if He was, then how would He respond in this instance? What would Jesus do? And Jesus wasn’t a fifty-year-old woman working in an office with an irritating and obnoxious coworker. But if He was, how would He deal with this person? What would Jesus do? And Jesus isn’t here to show us how to deal with angry fellow citizens on the other side of the political spectrum. But if He was, how would He respond in such situations? What would Jesus do?
You get the picture. The Gospels don’t provide us with explicit instructions to address every situation we will encounter in life. But they do provide us with principles that apply broadly, and they do offer us enough examples from the life of Jesus so that we can ask the question “What would Jesus do?” and then apply those principles and His example to our situations.
Jesus is “the way” that we are supposed to be conducting ourselves in our world. It’s “the Jesus way”, and not enough of us are doing it. I think our society needs to see a little less of our way of handling things and a little more of the Jesus way.
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