There are times when people can fall into the trap of thinking, “If Jesus did it, I should do it too.” Anyone old enough to remember the “What Would Jesus Do” Craze? There’s a problem with this line of thinking, though: you’re not Jesus. Yes, we are supposed to be like Christ, but there is a point where we need to have the wisdom to know when we shouldn’t do something, even if “that’s what Jesus would do.”
That’s one of the many reasons why Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit—so we could be led into the things that we should do and the things we shouldn’t do. After all, just because Jesus died on the cross, that doesn’t mean we necessarily should be the first in line to do likewise. Jesus raised people from the dead. When was the last time you tried that?
Here’s a real-world example. Jesus ate with sinners, tax collectors, etc., so I should go spend time with the sinners, the prostitution, the strippers, the drunks, the drug dealers, etc. I should spend all of my time with them, trying to win them to the Lord.
Here’s the difference between Jesus and you: He was spiritually mature. Are you? He was the Master, are you?
There are a lot of people who have zeal for the Lord and a desire to do great things, but they don’t have the maturity, the anointing, or the wisdom to do some of those things. Jesus could march into the midst of the demon-possessed because He knew who He was. He understood His authority. He was anointed. Just because He was those things doesn’t mean you are. We need to have the wisdom to know what we can and can’t do. We need to be led by the Spirit.
Just because Jesus did something, that doesn’t mean we should be doing it. We should be like Jesus in having the wisdom to know what to do and what not to do. Be like Jesus that way.
He taught His disciples and us how we are supposed to live. He taught us what we are supposed to do, what we’re supposed to accept, and what we’re supposed to turn away from. The reason that the disciples could do the things they did, the things that were just like Jesus, is because they spent time with Him—getting the anointing, developing their character, getting the junk out of their lives. We can do that too. It just takes paying the price that they paid.
Instead of doing what Jesus would do, do what He would have you do. That will change the world.