Most believers have heard of the phrase: “What would Jesus do?” There is even an acronym that we have adopted, WWJD that makes it quick. The point is to try to imagine what Jesus would do in any given situation that one faces in life. Since we believe Christ was the only human on earth that was perfect in the eyes of God… then naturally as followers of Christ… we would want to emulate how He would handle any given situation. Christ said:
“I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” John 5:30
When the Jews said that Christ had broken the Sabbath they tried to kill Him and He said to them:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.” John 5:19-20
Again in John 12:49-50 “For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”
In John 8:28-29 – “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.”
Time and time again Christ made it perfectly clear that He never operated separately from His Father in Heaven, but only did as instructed by the Father or as He saw the Father do. This means that in all things… His thoughts, acts and deeds were only through the eyes of God. Since the same Christ is our Lord and Savior, and our Mediator between heaven and earth, then our only goal should be to imitate the likeness of Christ. Apostle Paul phrased it this way in Ephesians 5:1-2
“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”
There are a lot of people who claim to worship God, study the Word, and by all accounts see themselves as righteous people and good Christians. Not to judge anyone because that is not my right, but all the study in the world and memorization of scriptures are worthless if the Spirit of Christ does not come through and from them. As we operate in our carnal minds through the rigors of life we face situations and circumstances from the time we wake up until the time we go to sleep. Sin don’t necessarily stop there.
I know personally that I have experienced dreams that I really had to fight to wake up from because Christ was certainly nowhere in those dreams. Truth is, satanic characters were the stars of those dreams. So whether I am sleep or awake sin is always grabbing at my heels. Therefore trying to always see things through the eyes of God is practically impossible. Fortunately for us, “The things that are impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27
With that said in order to become imitators of God we have to be in control over our carnal minds and make them submissive to the Spirit that is of Christ, the Holy Spirit. In this manner when you face trials and tribulations of many kind you simply turn to the indwelling Spirit to react or respond for you. You have to make your carnal mind to stand down and let God do it: “Let go and let God!” As a fairly matured Christian I find this to be quite challenging. Even with the best of intentions I drift away from Christ. I can be driving in traffic or standing in a line waiting on service when someone does something that causes me to react in ways contrary to God. If you are living in the world and operating with your fellow human beings you will face trials of many kind that will allow you to see just where you are in God’s eyesight. It is almost necessary for us to take a deep breath and pause in all things in order to allow the Holy Spirit to take the lead before our mind do what is naturally human in responding.
With practice we can do much better at allowing God to take the lead as we are walking through our lives with Christ. The more important it becomes to you to do only as Christ would do, the more we would put such things into practice. You have heard of the term, “slow your roll!” If you are a believer who has accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior then you must know that literally the Spirit of God lives in you. That means that through your eyes God is watching your every step. It is almost like you would put on a permanent set of eyeglasses that reveal God’s vision. The only problem is that you could never take off those glasses because of the nature of our carnal minds. Life will distract us. Our minds will deceive us. But thank God we have a Helpmate in us to catch us when we fall and remind us who we belong to. We no longer belong to ourselves because we have been bought at a price.
Although it is tough, try to see life through the eyes of God. Become imitators of Christ. In all your doings try to do what you know Christ would do in any given situation. If that intent is in your heart then don’t worry because you will slip and fall down but you instantly get back up because that is what God does for all those who love Him and abide by His precepts. Try to see life through the eyes of God… then try to live your life in that manner. Selah!