…WDJTUTD or WIJTUTD. or in long form– What did Jesus teach us to do or What is Jesus telling us to do. here is a quote from The Hole In The Gospel by Richard Stearns
As followers of Christ, we’re supposed to do the very same thing: at every point of decision, every fork in the road, we’re supposed to ask WWJD or What would Jesus do? (pg. 27)
I think there is a vast difference as WWJD allows us to ignore what Jesus and the disciples taught, or cherry pick our responses or actions plus it helps us ignore the leading of the Spirit for a given situation. In the Bible we are missing so specific situations from Jesus’ life that all we can do is conclude that he would not choose to sin.
But how is that conclusion applied when we are faced with so many situations with multiple ways of responding to them? How about when on a date? The Bible does not say that Jesus dated at all so how can we do what Jesus did when we have no recorded actions on his dating life? Or how about when buying a car or sofa? We do not know if Jesus would have paid retail or wholesale, take it home himself or have it delivered? Or how about when eating at a restaurant, did Jesus tip or make the restaurant owner pay a living wage to his workers?
You may think I am going to the absurd but I wanted you to see how pointless that quoted statement is. The Bible does not command that point of view contained in the quote. It teaches us to obey ALL scriptures and gives us confidence that we can avoid temptation because Jesus avoided temptation
For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. (Heb. 2:18 NASB)
For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. (Heb. 4:15 NASB)
We are not called or told to be absurd, for example: do we question if we can date or not, asking ourselves– Should I date but Jesus didn’t so I guess I shouldn’t? That is the mental anguish we push ourselves to when we go off and follow fads instead of the HS to the truth. It should be, “when i date, I will act like the Bible teaches and make Jesus proud of me. The Bible says to treat others better than myself, so I better treat my date better than I would have.’
We have guidelines for daily life in the Bible telling us how to act in normal situations so it is not WWJD but what does the Bible teach us to do:
He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”(Jn. 3:36 NASB)
And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.” (Acts 5:32)
We have so many verses telling us what we are to do that we do not need to stop and do what the quote suggests. We already know what to do. But for those who are unsure or are new believers here is a list of things that Jesus did in his lifetime on earth:
#1. Jesus obey/respected both his earthly parents and his divine Father
#2. Jesus took care of his mother
#3. Jesus wanted his father’s (God) house to remain holy.
#4. Jesus did not lie, steal, manipulate, murder, rape, molest and many other crimes; even the insignificant ones.
#5. Jesus loved
#6. Jesus did not condone/support sin or accept it into the church
#7. Jesus taught, encouraged, warned, guided correctly and did not just give a generic, anything you want to do I will support attitude\
#8. Jesus was involved and worked with those less fortunate than himself.
#9. Jesus did not do pre-marital sex nor commit adultery.
#10 Jesus was not arrogant, selfish, proud, a hog, a show-off nor did he ruin other people’s chances at promotion, love, achievement. He was a good sport.
I think you get the idea of what Jesus would do but again, we find these in biblical teachings as well as his personal life:
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, (Rom. 6:12 NASB)
You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? (Gal. 5:7 NASB)
We are to obey and follow the truth which tells you that we cannot let alternative beliefs into the church. Jesus obeyed scripture which is what we need to do, especially when it comes down to life altering decisions. Jesus was not given the option to work for a Fortune 500 company then after employment and promotion he was offered a job in a different corporation. We do not have his example to follow and we can only guess at what he would do.
Guessing will lead us into trouble if we are not careful. We need to follow what scriptures says to do and that is to obey the leading of God, even when we do not feel qualified to move on to the position he is leading us to take. When you know what the truth is, when you can recognize the leading of the HS then you will have an easier time of making the right decision even in an emergency.
When you feel pressure to take secular science over God’s word, we can be reassured that Jesus didn’t do that and gain courage from that knowledge allowing us to stand with the HS and rebuke those who claim to be Christian yet advocate that the church compromise and accept sinful secular ideologies. We are taught
But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29 NASB)
Thus Jesus would rely upon scripture, God’s commands and teachings; so must we. We do not have an example for every moment in life to look to see what Jesus did but we have scriptures and the HS directing us to the correct action that will be in obedience to God’s will. And that is what Jesus taught us to do– rely upon scripture
Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You. (Ps. 119:11 NASB)
It is not ‘WWJD is hid in my heart…’ but God’s word. God’s word gives us the guidance, the encouragement, the words of wisdom we need to ensure that our lives are better than they are and they help us withstand evil when the devil throws obstacles in our direction. What does the Bible teach us to do, that is what we should be proclaiming to our fellow believers and then we follow that instruction.