This has become such a catch phrase with many people today that it truly has no meaning. It seems to me that most who use this phrase mean it to show that they are doing what they think Jesus would do in a given situation.
I would like to take a look at Jesus for a moment and look at some of the things that he did when he walked the earth. Then I would ask you to simply consider, are you really like him at all?
At twelve years old he had such a grasp of what he had been put on the earth to do that he went off on his own, was missing from his family for three days and when his parents found him and began to scold him, his response was essentially; I am doing what God sent me here to do, why are you are so upset? I think we would have considered him a rebellious teen ager.
When the really important religous people were around, he avoided them like the plague, occasionally taking the opportunity to call them bad names and warn them that they were going to hell! Doesn’t it seem strange that if you are one of those who avoid religious institutions and don’t like being around religious people you are considered “out there”, “deceived”, or “not really saved”. Isn’t it odd that today so many “christians” feel that they need to tell people that don’t even know God that they are going to hell? Jesus would never do that.
When Jesus prayed for people he did some pretty disgusting things, like spit in the dirt and make a “spit mud cake” and then splat it into some blind guy’s eyes. And if that wasn’t strange enough, he then tells him to go to a certain fountain and wash his eyes out. The guy is blind for pete’s sake! How is he supposed to find his way anywhere?! And wouldn’t you think that if this poor guy’s eyes are about to be opened for the first time that having a bunch of nasty dirt and spit in them would not be a good idea?
Once when Jesus prayed for a deaf guy he stuck his fingers in his ears! Hello! Pretty ridiculous if you ask me. When you want to hear something it is usually a good idea to get whatever is sticking in your ears out of the way!
On another occasion Jesus walks up to a guy who is obviously completely blind and has been screaming out for him to help him. Give you one guess what Jesus said when he approached him. Wrong! Jesus asked him what the guy wanted Jesus to do for him. Uh, uhmmm, let me think, maybe heal my blind eyes!
So I ask you, do you do what Jesus did? If your idea of being like Jesus is acting like a limp-wristed, pacifistic, push-over who cares about appearance and avoids confrontation at all costs, think again! And maybe give some thought to really doing what Jesus would do in your situation. I think you may find a new exhilarating freedom when you catch a glimpse of this wonderful God we serve!
A mentor of mine recently said, “The mind of Christ is not a logical mind.” We are promised in the Ancient Writings that we have the mind of Christ. Yes, that means now, we already possess it. Flick the switch and let it begin to operate in your life. I promise you, you’ve never had so much fun!