Last week I started a 3-part blog series on our mission of “making disciples of Jesus who think, act, and live like Him.” It is my prayer that this will become our passion and heartbeat at Temple! It is my prayer that as a disciple of Jesus YOU will mature to such place that YOU think, act, and live like Him every day of your life! In last weeks post we considered what it means to “think” like Jesus. This week we ask the question of what it means to “act” like Jesus.
When I think of acting like Jesus I think of following in His steps. In 1896 Charles Sheldon first published his famous work, In His Steps. Since then Sheldon’s work has sold over 30 million copies. Yes! 30 million! The book has been, and continues to be, widely popular because it centers around a simple question–what would Jesus do? You remember, WWJD? I recall as a teenager WWJD being not much more that kitsch art that made somebody a lot of money. We had wristbands, t-shirts, posters, etc – WWJD? Everyone wore the shirt, but not many lived the life. As disciples of Jesus we should not relegate our will to act like Jesus to a simple catch phrase. While it may be helpful in your own sanctification to ask WWJD?, acting like Jesus is much more than just choosing in the moment to respond like Jesus.
Acting like Jesus must be a conscious decision of the will. Acting like Jesus is not being reactive, but proactive. Maybe a better question than WWJD? is WDJD? (What did Jesus do?). We must remember that being a disciple means we are a pupil/student/learner/follower of the master–namely Jesus. As a disciple of Christ I am to imitate His life–walk in His steps. My life should so mirror His life that my natural tendency should not only be to think like Him, but to act like Him.
While there are many ways in which we should act like Christ, here are two ways in which we are called to act like Jesus. I’ll spend most of my time on the second…