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DayBreaks for 3/20/15: God’s ConductYou’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase, “…for conduct unbecoming an officer…” or something very similar. I guess it can be grounds for being removed from the service or at the very least, disciplinary measures. There are simply certain standards that we expect of those in positions of authority.
You may also be old enough to remember when the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) bracelets were the rage. You can still find items marked with WWJD in Christian bookstores from time to time. While it may have been a bit trite or a marketing idea, it did pose an intriguing question: What would Jesus do if he were in my place at this very moment? That was the point of the bracelets – to cause the wearer to consider their next action/thought and then try to emulate what they believe Jesus would have done in their situation. I suspect that sometimes, we may have gotten it right – but I also fear that we would still often make the wrong choices. Jesus just didn’t act the way people thought he should act. And it caused him trouble.
Philippians 2:8 (KJV) – And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
When it comes to those in positions of authority, you can’t get any higher than Jesus, who bears the name above all names and who has been exalted above every power in heaven or on earth. What conduct should we therefore expect from Him?
John Wesley wrote to his people giving them what he called the Rule of Conduct:
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
This is the meaning of the Passion. How does God act? You need look no further than the cross, the crucifixion of Jesus, to see God’s conduct; it is the rule for our lives as long as we shall live.
Now that we know WWJD, are we really ready and willing to try to emulate Him?
PRAYER: Jesus, help us understand that trite slogans and tricks to pause us to think about how you would act don’t impress you one iota. What does have value to you is a life of sacrifice and surrender. Help us not just to ask the question, but to live the answer as exemplified in the crucifixion! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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