As usual, Paul Martin got me thinking! In a post last week he proposed that the common phrase ‘What Would Jesus Do’ (WWJD) while a reminder of Christ’s actions,Â is actually missing the point. He points us in the direction ofÂ [youversion]John 5:19[/youversion]:
Jesus gave them this answer:Â “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
Paul’s got a thing about discipleship – something you realise pretty quickly when reading his blog, and he asks the question should our ultimate goal be to imitate Christ and encourage others to do the same?
Is discipleship spiritual formation where the goal is to make people like Christ? Or is the goal of discipleship to reveal the particular characteristics and qualities that a person is created with?
According to the passage we should be looking, as Jesus did, to what the Father is doing. While it may seem a small distinction, it does have implications. In our work and discipleship with others, are we simply teaching them to copy the Jesus we see in the gospels, or to live beyond that and understand the living truth of what God is doing around them?
Asking ‘WWJD’ may help us to live more the Son, but Paul suggests a better question might be WITFD: What Is The Father Doing?
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