“A husband should love his wife as much as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it. He made the church holy by the power of his word, and he made it pure by washing it with water.” Ephesians 5:25-26 CEV
An evangelist visited a church where he knew several families. After an encouraging service, several of them shared their newsy family updates with the preacher. Many of them had been through difficult times since they last saw him, so the reports saddened the evangelist.
Later the visiting preacher commented to the church’s pastor, “If only everyone would live by the Bible – then there wouldn’t be so much suffering or sorrow! And I’m not talking about the people who don’t go to church. I’m talking about Christians.”
If Christians cared about other Christians the way Christ cares for them:
– There would be no gossip because people would be praying for and encouraging others instead of tearing them down – There would be no divorce because husbands and wives would work together to create for each other the opportunities to grow and become all that Christ intended them to be as individuals and as a couple. – There would be no child abuse or abortions, because children would be valued, nurtured and loved – People would put aside their own desires and think of others first, being willing to sacrifice their wants and needs to meet the needs of others.
And the list goes on and on. Pretty hard to do all those things, huh?
But do you remember the story written by Charles M Sheldon, In HIs Steps ? A homeless, out of work man confronts a congregation of Christians about their apathetic, uncaring attitude toward others. In the days that followed that confrontation, the pastor was convicted to stop and ask himself the question, “What would Jesus do?” each time he faced a decision involving his actions toward others.
The pastor then challenged his congregation to do the same thing for an entire year. A spiritual upheaval resulted in the lives of the church members which rippled through the town and beyond.
The book, first published in 1897, sold 30,000,000 copies and still ranks as one of the best-selling books of all time. It still challenges its readers to stop and ask “What Jesus would do?”
Are you up for a challenge? Start asking yourself, “What Jesus would do?” in each of your dealings with others around you and see what happens!