Remember the acronym WWJD from your early church and Sunday School days? It came to my mind recently, and my first reaction was a smile as I recalled the simplicity of the basic test of our actions and motives. It became a byword for the young aspiring Christian set, and years later I had cause to apply the test to some other opinions as expressed by some Christians.
When we are tempted to shout loud, shoot from the hip, or speak before putting our brain into gear, it would be advisable to apply the WWJD test. It’s not difficult to do, but the trouble is the answer can be patently obvious. When that’s the case, we already know that we won’t necessarily like the outcome.
The Bible is a book with lots of reading, and we can overthink things and get bogged down in a few of our favourite verses. You know, the chosen ones that tend to agree with our own opinion on any given subject. However, it helps to remember who the Bible is all about. From the prophecies in the Old Testament, to the outworking of the Holy Spirit in the early church, every page is a testimony to the arrival of the son of God on our earthly scene. Jesus is the pure expression of God’s love, and at the core of everything we believe, so shouldn’t we take notice of anything and everything that Jesus would say and do? Maybe the old Sunday School test of our younger days is good even now. I wonder, WWJD when it comes down to the shallow actions and opinionated decisions we make every now and again? We will be in a good place spiritually when others notice in our lives that WWID=WWJD, so let’s strive for that!