The following is an excerpt from Dr. John’s book, BIBLICAL HEADSHIP: Making Sense Of Submission To Authority. Follow this link to obtain your copy of BIBLICAL HEADSHIP today.
I often notice people wearing bracelets or displaying bumper stickers inscribed with the letters WWJD, “What would Jesus do?” Although I don’t wear bracelets or put stickers on my car, those letters do express how I want to live my life. I simply want to do what Jesus would do in any given situation. So my answer to the question WWJD is a simple one. Jesus would do the will of God. In fact, that is what He did (see JOHN 17:4).
I sometimes wonder if people who wear WWJD actually live with that in mind. For instance, what would Jesus do if someone pulled in to your lane and ran you off the road? Or what would Jesus do if someone broke into a long line at the supermarket? Wearing a bracelet does not mean you are submitting to the government of God. If someone is not living in submission to the will of God, wearing WWJD only makes him or her look religious.
Bumper stickers and religious graffiti provide no proof that you live under the reign of God. Doing the will of God is what marks you as a Christian. Recognizing His rule over your life and learning to live under His government is what demonstrates the reality of your Christianity. When you do that, you find yourself experiencing eirene. You find peace and safety, security and prosperity. It comes first on the inside, and as it grows, your whole life becomes a life of peace. So rather than simply asking yourself, “What would Jesus do?” ask instead, “What did Jesus do?”
Everything I want to become, Jesus lived out in His daily life. Just think about how He must have lived. He had no fear of sickness, even in a time when those around feared all manner of sickness. He wasn’t moved by public opinion and showed no concern for His own safety.
Without flinching, He laid his hands on lepers and healed them (MATTHEW 8:2). When men took up stones to kill Him, He passed through their midst unharmed (JOHN 8:59). When they wanted to throw Him off a cliff, He again passed through the crowd unharmed (MARK 4:29). Then, because of His love for mankind, He surrendered His life, suffered the most severe beating one can imagine, was stripped naked, and was nailed to a cross, where He died; all so that you and I could have peace. No one could lay a hand on Him until He chose to let them. Even then, they could not secure Him in a sealed grave. He rose from the dead, demonstrating the power of His rule and His victory over sin, death, and hell.
He was not afraid of lack. It is popular theology to assume He was poor, but look at the facts. He had a band of disciples who traveled practically everywhere with Him. The twelve had left their businesses and jobs and laid aside everything to follow Him. At least seventy people were in his group (LUKE 10:1). His ministry had a treasurer who stole money from the treasury (JOHN 12:6), but He still had enough financial strength to accomplish His ministry. Such things are simply not within the economic ability of a poor man.
People come back with the Scripture verse, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” (2 CORINTHIANS 8:9 KJV). Stop and think for a moment. Yielding equal authority with the Father, taking on human flesh as an infant, and living the greater part of His life as a carpenter are a bit hard to compare with the richness and glory of His Deity.
When compared to the glory He knew from before the foundation of the world, His earthly life was indeed poor by comparison. Not only that, He yielded His glory to the shame and degradation of the cross.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 CORINTHIANS 5:21 KJV). The perfectly sinless man was made to be sin for us. Stripped of all His glory, He took on our poverty and made us rich—rich in grace, rich in peace, and rich in prosperity. Making Him out to be a pauper is a far cry from the reality He lived.
Jesus’ earthly life is the perfect example of a man living in the will of God and under the authority of God’s government. Jesus said, “I have come down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” (JOHN 6:38 NASB). He was obedient, even unto death on the cross (PHILIPPIANS 2:8). Understanding and obeying the will of God is the only way we can ever come under the rule and the authority of God in our lives.
What you just read is an excerpt from Dr. John’s book, BIBLICAL HEADSHIP: Making Sense Of Submission To Authority. Follow this link to obtain your copy of BIBLICAL HEADSHIP today.