WHJD?: Asking a Better Question

WWJD bracelet

Back in the 90’s a Christian movement appeared in youth groups across America that defined a moral imperative. Colorful bracelets and t-shirts reminded us that in all things in life we should be asking ourselves the question W.W.J.D – What Would Jesus Do? It reminded us that Jesus’ perfect life should be a moral, ethical, and social model to follow; a picture of who we should strive to become more like.

I remember wearing one of those bracelets and being challenged by the question on my wrist when faced with a desire to be selfish or the temptation of sin. More often than not, that question led me repeatedly back to the fact staring me in the face: simply put, I am flawed; incapable at times to make the right choices. It led to the comparison of my heart to His and the conclusion that frankly there was no real comparison.

This morning our devotions led us to 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 which states,

For the love of Christ controls us (another translation uses the words “compels us”), because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

That word “compels” is intentionally a strong one used by Paul. He is saying that Christ’ love for us, so deep and wide that He died in our place, should drive us, oblige us, force us to live for Him rather than for ourselves. In other words, we can’t help but to love God with all our hearts and to love others when we experience the love of Christ.

This stark truth led me to the conclusion that perhaps there’s a better question to ask than “What Would Jesus Do?”. Perhaps instead of W.W.J.D. we should be asking W.H.J.D. – What has Jesus done? – to remind ourselves daily of His immeasurable, perfect love for us.

W.W.J.D. often led us to focusing on God’s laws, and ultimately to failed attempts to somehow measure up. W.H.J.D. should remind us of Romans 5:8, God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.