Friday, February 13, 2009

Asking the Right Questions

I saw a “Tweet” this morning from Frank Viola. He made this statement: “WWJD is not biblical. What *is* Christ doing in and through is the NT teaching.” I love this thought. I have thought for a long time that WWJD was the wrong issue. I have a little different perspective than Frank does, however.

I have always thought that What Would Jesus Do is a ridiculous question. We KNOW what Jesus would do. That is the basic premise of all New Testament teaching. The question is not WWJD but WAIGTDWWJTM. Okay, it doesn’t make for a cool bracelet but stay with me.

The real issue is What Am I Going To Do With What Jesus Told Me. We have a recorded record of Jesus’ life, ministry, death and resurrection. From Acts through Revelation the questions shifts from what Jesus does to what his followers are going to do. That is the key issue for our lives.

Jesus came to be the “image of the invisible God.” In other words, he came to show us the Father. The question becomes how does it impact our lives? Do we live according to his model and instruction or do we pervert the gospel to reflect our desires and our preferences? This is where so many of us, yes as pastors and leaders, have to make some tough decisions about how we are going to demonstrate God’s love to those around us.

So, let’s make sure we are asking the right question. It is not WWJD. The real question is WAIGTDWWJTM?

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