During the past few months I have been stuck on how we are daily presented with choices. It seems like an odd thing to be dwelling on but I can’t shake it. Do you realize that each and every day we make dozens of choices, perhaps even more than that. From the start of your day you may have decided to hit that snooze button one more time instead of promptly rising from that warm bed. Perhaps you decided you will take time for one extra cup of coffee before you shower. You chose what to wear to work, what lipstick to wear, the path you drove to work or to run your errands. CHOICES! We make them constantly. Except for involuntary bodily functions choices are a very large part of our daily life.
The important aspect of choices is that we have them to make. God gave us the freedom of choice. Whether you are a Jesus follower or not you make choices. However, as a Jesus follower your choices can touch someone’s life for the good or the bad. So perhaps to ask the question “What Would Jesus Do?” is not such a silly idea. When the bracelets became popular back in the 90’s from a youth leader in Michigan you would see lots of Christians wearing them. Some thought it a little silly but during its day it had an impact. It was a simple reminder that worked.
Now you don’t have to ask Jesus silly questions such as “Should I put gas in my car when it is empty?”, “Do I wear pink lipstick or red today?”, “Do I put the car in park before getting out?” this is surely not necessary. What about when you are tired after a long day and you just want to sit down and relax but a friend calls with an emergency? Do you choose your comfort over their need? What happens when the person in the checkout lane is 35 cents short and they have to put the can of baby formula back? Ask what would Jesus do? He would give them the 35 cents! When someones heart is aching due to a personal struggle why not call them to say you are praying? How about a smile instead of a frown when you are doing your grocery shopping? These are choices we face daily.
We are the book people read by the life we live in public and in private. Jesus gave us the guideline to life in His Word. It is LOVE! Mark 12:30-31 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” NIV
This is what Jesus did and it is what we should do. This is the requirement we are to meet…..LOVE not a to do list. If we will remember to ask ourselves what does love require of me we will always make the right decision. When Jesus was faced with what to do He chose to sacrifice His life for us. That is love! When we choose to sacrifice our desires to choose His we are loving as Jesus loves. It is not a list of do’s and dont’s but living from a position of love. Asking what would Jesus do can seem like a ridiculous plumb line for us as Jesus followers but truthfully it is that simple but oh so challenging because we must die to our choices and choose His.
Let’s all do something radical in this crazy culture we find ourselves living in. Let’s challenge ourselves to live like Jesus lived and love like Jesus loves. It is our choice….let’s choose LOVE!
Living by the brook,