It started with a Christian novel written by Charles Sheldon. In His Steps was subtitled “What Would Jesus Do?” It’s a good book and worth reading. The question became popular in Christian circles in the 1990s. It’s not a bad question, but I think it’s time to move past it to an even better question:

“Jesus, what would You do?”

You see, one is a mental exercise. The other invites relationship. Asking “what would Jesus do?” begins a process of me evaluating the situation and what Scripture says about how I should act in that situation. Asking “Jesus, what would You do?” pauses for fellowship with the One who holds the world together, loves us enough to pay the penalty for our sins, and longs for us to be with Him. It invites prayer – a conversation with Jesus.

The mental exercise is good. And there’s nothing wrong with bringing our minds into our faith – God created our minds and He wants us to use them. But He also created us for fellowship with Him and wants us to build that relationship.

The next time you’re faced with a decision, don’t ask “What would Jesus do?” Instead, turn to Jesus and ask “Lord, what would You do?” After all, wisdom comes from God.

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