Some facts like the 8th digit of PI, dad jokes, or the boiling point of titanium (5,948 F to be exact. Thank you Google) don’t change your life. They are great for parties where you can be the “fun fact” guy that says, “Hey! Did you know that Pteronophobia is the fear of being tickled by feathers?” But in every day life they don’t make much difference.
Very few people go out and say, “Thank God, I am finally labeled as Pteronophobic. My whole life I wanted an explanation. Now I finally understand me.” If that is you, I’m sure there is Pteronophobic Anonymous group somewhere in the dark recesses of the Internet, but for the rest of us Pteronophobia is just a funny word that makes no difference to our personal existence.
On the other hand, the gospel is a fact that does the exact opposite. A complete understanding of Jesus Christ and his message changes your present in a dramatic way. The Apostle Paul put it like this while writing to a pastor named Titus.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age. Titus 2:11-12 (emphasis added)
Grace trains us to walk away from poor choices, say no to anything outside of God’s good design, and consistently be the best version of ourselves. This happens because of the trust that develops from pursuing Jesus. He is our rescuer and redeemer.
In the same way you should trust a first responder at the scene of an accident because of both their experience and wisdom, we must trust our Heavenly father who knows best. The gospel changes your present because it forces you to choose the Jesus way of living, trusting that He knows best. The question then becomes
How do we choose Jesus today?
When I was in school there were these W.W.J.D. bracelets. Like most fads it became an instant hit until it eventually transitioned from cool to cheesy (think the Jesus version of parachute pants). The sentiment behind the bracelets were fantastic though. It became a daily reminder for people to consciously think, “What would Jesus do in this situation?”
For one day only (or more if you like), let’s bring this fad back (not parachute pants the W.W.J.D. one). This entire day I want you to ask yourself the question what would Jesus do? Every interaction, every conversation, and every thought should be dominated by this question.
Will you join me?
Comment below if you are up for the challenge?