“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40 NIV)
This weekend I am going to lead out in our Family Bible Study at church. The topic is “To walk and talk like Jesus.” This of course sounds very much like the past fad “What Would Jesus Do (WWJD)?” As I was studying, I began to realize how much Jesus worked outside the box. He hung out with people that society rejected – for example Levi – later called Matthew. Levi took advantage of people for his financial gain. Today, that makes me think of people like pimps or scammers who steal from the elderly. Not only did Jesus go to parties at Levi’s house, He later invited him to be part of His team. Jesus also hung out and touched folks with diseases – in His day it was leprosy. Today, it could be AIDS or Ebola or even just some homeless person walking on the street who is dirty and maybe has lice. Jesus went up, touched them and offered them hope. He didn’t do these things because it was politically correct. Actually, it was exactly the opposite. He was being politically incorrect.
Today, we’d probably worry about what people would think if we starting working outside the norm of society. Oh sure, some of us reach out to the outcasts because we are supposed to help “those less fortunate” but this was Jesus’ entire life. It wasn’t something he squeezed in on holidays to do His good deed. We’d be embarrassed to live like this. When I ask myself WWJD, I have to follow that question with what am I doing? Am I living like Jesus did? In countless ways each day I can reach out and give a hand up to someone who needs to feel the touch of hope. I want to live like Jesus did. I want to live and work – outside the box.
By Elaine Kapentanakis