James 1:22-25 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”(NJKV)
After completing Charles Sheldon’s classic In His Steps for the third time, my heart is once again stirred to ask “What would Jesus do?” in all situations in my life.
When the affluent congregation in In His Steps was presented with the challenge to ask what Jesus would do before making any decisions in their lives for a year, they had no idea what putting action to that simple question would cost them; while some suffered the loss of status, wealth, position and employment, other’s were estranged from family and friends.
But their losses were nothing in comparison to their gains:
When we put action to our words and truly take up our crosses and follow Him there will always be a cost…Ah…but so much more the gain.
- A loss of a fortune might be transformed to the birth of a mission
- A loss of family might be transformed into a burden for the lost
- A loss of status might be transformed into a humble heart filled with compassion
As we make our decisions based upon what we believe Jesus would do…not only are our priorities and goals redirected, but are hearts are also transformed in the process.
May I challenge you as I am now being challenged, not to just ask what Jesus would do in every situation that comes your way…but also to step out in faith take up your cross and do it!
May you be blessed as you continue to be faithful in all the Lord is leading you to do!