Wednesday, August 3, 2005

WWJD

Change my heart, O God

Make it ever true.

Change my heart, O God

May I be like You.

You are the potter, I am the clay

Mold me and make me,

This is what I pray.

Change my heart, O God,

Make it ever true.

Change my heart, O God

May I be like You.

Isa 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Every day we must try to be more like Him in every thing we do.  Perfection isn't possible for us, but in the striving, we see His perfection being attained in us.

He formed us deep in our mother's womb and loved us even then.

Psa 139:13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.

Psa 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Psa 139:15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

Psa 139:17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

Psa 139:18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

How can we not want to be more like Jesus?  What must we do?  It's not an easy task.  Jesus was perfect.  He turned the other cheek.  When I have to do that, I feel the bile rising in my throat.  I want to be in control. 

Are we doormats as Christians?  Trying to be like Jesus, it seems we must allow others to walk all over us.  That's not true!  Jesus called the pharisees a brood of vipers.  He knocked over the tables in the outer court of the temple.  He had righteous anger.  Does this justify our anger?  No, certainly not.  We need to see when our anger is personal, petty or unwise.  We have the power of Jesus Christ to boldly take a stand against evil and usher it out of our lives.

So when the neighbor starts calling you names, you walk away, turn the other cheek if you will, and pray for him.  If he breaks the law in his unhappiness with you or hurts you physically or steals from you, you stop trying to be his friend and call the police.  But you don't drop yourself to his level and try to get even.  It's not our job to judge him. 

You've seen all the stuff around that has WWJD on it?  What Would Jesus Do?  I recently read a book called In His Steps by Charles Sheldon.  It's set about 100 years ago, but is relevant today.  I actually now have this book on my computer through E-Sword a free electronic Bible program I use.  In the book, a group of people decide to ask that question of every decision in their lives for a period of one year and act accordingly.  It's a wonderful read and very thought provoking. 

Do youreally want to be more like Jesus?  Or are you giving lip service by wearing the WWJD bracelet you have.  I'm afraid I fail often. 

Be blessed in the Lord today

 

3 comments:

joolsinwa said...

very nice, I never had a WWJD bracelet, never fell for the gimmick of it,  I know  it's helped many but gimmick Christianity has never been my thing.
~Julie

lsfp1960 said...

I love that song, it seems like I hear it every morning on my way to work on the Seattle Christian radio station I listen to in my car.  It's like a reminder to me, to live my faith at work each day.

cdittric77 said...

We all fail - that is nothing to be afraid of. Rather, it is our will to get up and continue walking in the path of God that takes real strength. It is not so much that we think about God, and what he would do, it is that we make our best effort to live as he lived.
Peace and love,
Charley
http://journals.aol.com/CDittric77/Courage