What did Jesus Say? – Matthew 4:19

In the 1990s “What would Jesus do” and WWJD became a fad in local youth groups. The phrase sounded right-on, because following Jesus’ example makes sense. After all, he is the Son of God. He lived and died in obedience to the Father. But there’s a problem.

Something about it has bothered me for a long time, so this morning I did some research.

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Sure enough, “What would Jesus do” was used to promote a social gospel, one that focuses on doing good works. The problem I have with it is that Jesus didn’t tell us to build our lives on doing good works. He told us to follow him. The phrase is speculation, suggesting we guess what Jesus would do instead of listening to him and doing what he says.

“And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men'” Matthew 4:19 ESV.

I’ve never wanted to just follow ideas, fads, or religious practices. It all may be good stuff, but the driving force for me is staying close to Jesus by continually reading and seeking to understand his words.

I know that’s what Jesus wants me to do.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in the Willamette Valley. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for Pathways—Moments with God since 2016 and posts devotionals on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .

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