Christians wear WWJD bracelets as a reminder to ask the question "What Would Jesus Do" as they are going about their daily lives and routines. Even though I never had one, I have nothing against them, nor the people who wear them. Actually, I was never sure why I hadn't, because I believe it's a very good question to consider. But after some reflection, I figured out why!¹
It's because WWJD is a question! I was always worried that by wearing one and using it to help guide my actions, I would likely end up being satisfied with whatever "churchy" answer I could come up with, but then do nothing to act on it. The only thing helped in this scenario would be my ego.
I am concerned that a lot of us (Christians) have this same tendency. We get stuck in a pattern of knowing what to say, but stop there. My worry is WWJD encourages this type of behavior. I was thinking about this whole idea one night and came up with a new bracelet having a very similar acronym, DWJD.¹ I believe simply changing the "W" to a "D" and making the question a command, "Do What Jesus Did," could make a huge difference in how Christians actively LIVE out their faith. It could be a call for Christians to be the hands and feet of Jesus, not just the mouthpiece.
If we look at the life of Jesus, we see a man who doesn't simply answer people's questions about how to live, He shows them. Jesus doesn't speak empty words but backs them up by what He does.
- Jesus doesn't love people because of what they do or because of what they offer Him. He loves people because Jesus IS love.
Jesus does not fit in with the culture of His time. He was counter-cultural in every sense of His being.
Jesus does not run away from uncomfortable situations. He runs directly towards them.
Jesus does not ignore sin. He loves sinners despite it and this unexplainable love is what leads them to repentance.
Jesus does not teach by word alone. He teaches by example.
I am learning truths about Jesus that I previously misunderstood or underestimated, and this is changing my heart. An inevitable result of this is being unsatisfied with simply knowing the right answer to WWJD. I want, strive, and feel called to DWJD.
In ways that pale in comparison to what Jesus endured for us, we (Christians) should expect trials, opposition, and ridicule if we DWJD. But just as Jesus triumphed and ultimately defeated sin and death, we can trust Him to provide all we need, regardless of what we face.
¹ Reflecting on (discussing if I can find someone to participate) random things such as this is just another part of my "new normal." There are times I am frustrated by this new quality, because as result of it, I have a difficult time with many of the "lighter" topics of conversation I used to be good at! (Maybe my friends and family get frustrated as well!?!)