“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” - Ephesians 4:1-3
Do you ever look back on something you’ve done or said and completely regret it? Thinking that, if given the chance, you would completely change the way you acted towards your teacher or your friend. How about your parents? The longing to take it back, to be better than what they saw you as.
I’m sure many of you have heard this before: WWJD
What Would Jesus Do?
Though this may seem silly and childish it is so incredibly important to take into account in not just a bad situation, but every situation.
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” - 2 Corinthians 5:20-21
What exactly is an ambassador? An ambassador is defined as “a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity”.
Acts as and represents. This means that Paul in 2 Corinthians is urging all believers to acts as, to represent, Christ so that they may have a restored relationship with Him. But how? Verse 21 tells us that Jesus knew no sin. He was absolutely pure, absolutely holy, and absolutely righteous.. Surely today alone you’ve done something you wish you hadn’t. You’ve already failed countless times…
But that’s where verse 21 comes in.
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
You see, God laid on Christ every horrible, vile deed that has ever been done by man. No wonder He cried out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" As He tasted of death for every man, spiritual death. That cry that came from His lips was made in order that you might not have to make that same cry for eternity. There, as God laid upon Him our sins, He was reconciling man to God. And so He became what we were, in order that He might make us what He is. Perfect.
Jesus has taken away our sins with the power of His blood. So now why shouldn’t we be able to represent Him. To act as the One who gave His own life for our own meaningless lives is the least we can do to praise Him. If we are true believers in Jesus Christ then we should be representing Him with our entire life. It should be evident to those around us. It has been asked before: If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to condemn you?
To act as Christ is not an easy task. It takes constant awareness and prayer that He will show you what He has for you to do. For me it really does help to think WWJD. In many cases there are chores I continually whine about like a big baby simply because my flesh tells me “That is not my job.” Taking out the trash, cleaning the dishes, folding the laundry, etc… All things that can be done in under 5 minutes.
BUT! What Would Jesus Do?
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” - Mark 10:45
We are called to serve everyone. Mark does not say Christ came just to serve His parents or His church. But everyone. Whether it is our job or not. Have you ever gone to do a job only to find that someone has already done it? Have you felt that happiness from such as small act of kindness from someone else? It’s kind of amazing.
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” - Galatians 5:13
But serving is not all we are called to do. We are called to forgive as Christ forgave, sacrifice as Christ sacrificed, be humble as Christ was humble, obey as Christ obeyed, teach as Christ taught, pray as Christ prayed, walk as Christ walked, and LOVE AS CHRIST LOVED.
The list never ends. Christ was perfect and that perfection is what we are called to imitate, to reflect, and to represent.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9