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.


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

Parenting Tip #3 – Be a Follower

Parenting is the most rewarding and challenging job I can imagine, and to me it’s a perfect example of what a lifelong learner looks like.

Follow Jesus

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

When Jesus invited the fishermen to follow him, he promised to expand their job description to be more than getting fish to market – he’d make them bringers of people to God.

In the same way I feel he invites me to follow him so I can see a bigger, more exciting picture for my parenting.

On Their Level

Jesus was called Emmanuel, or “God With Us.” He was literally God who humbled himself to become a man. He made friends and traveled with them, taught them, ate with them, camped with them, corrected them. And as he’d promised, they became fishers of men.

In the same way, following Jesus, let’s be fully in our children’s world day and night, engaging them, learning about them, challenging them, playing with them, teaching and correcting them. That’s where to find joy in being a parent and enjoying life’s adventures.

With Him

Remember that Jesus often took time away to be alone with God. It’s important to find a way to be with him and learn from him, the best teacher of all, even if it means sitting on the floor in the bathroom with your Bible when everyone’s asleep. You won’t be the first parent who’s done that.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

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