He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
A few years back, there was a popular trend that took off with young adult believers and expanded throughout Christianity: WWJD – What Would Jesus Do? The acronym was everywhere; it was found on jewelry, t-shirts, coffee mugs, Bible covers, and even in ad campaigns across the country.
Its purpose was to remind believers throughout the day, “What would Jesus do,” in any given situation that one might encounter. Interestingly enough, no one had to be reminded of WHAT Jesus did – we knew. And, many non-believers indeed have an idea as to what Jesus did in His life. That’s just how influential the Gospel is in history.
So, if we know what Jesus did, why do we, as believers, need to keep that in mind in our daily life?
The above scripture clearly tells us the Lord has shown us what is good. Jesus’ very thoughts, words, and deeds are recorded in God’s Word for a reason. He didn’t just simply tell us how we should live (the Sermon on the Mount); He showed us how to live as well. Jesus’ entire earthly ministry served as an example of how we should think, speak, and act – a way of living that is centered on loving God and loving others as ourselves. What does God require of us?
It’s all laid out here:
- To do justly: What is right, fair, and honorable before God and humankind.
- To love mercy: Be kind, forgiving, non-judgmental, and putting other’s needs before our own.
- To walk humbly with our God: Have a daily, close relationship with the Lord and follow all that He has commanded us to be and do.
How often have I blurted out words contrary to what Jesus’ would have said? How many times have I put my own needs before others without even thinking about it? And how often have I shown harshness, contempt, or a judgmental attitude towards another instead of kindness and mercy?
I think it’s good to pause and ask ourselves, WWJD every time we are faced with a choice as to whether we do things ‘naturally’ or in a manner that mimics Christ.
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we need to walk humbly in His footsteps.
Oh, what a thought! Oh, what a boast!
Christ shall in me be magnified.
In nothing shall I be ashamed,
For He in all shall be applied.
In woe or blessing, death or life,
Through me shall Christ be testified.
—Thomas Campbell, 1810, “Oh, What a Life! Oh, What a Peace!”
Lord, help us to be ever mindful of what you would do toward others – in word and deed – on any given situation, circumstance or person we encounter. May we walk in your footsteps and show your love and mercy to all we meet. In Jesus’ name. Amen.