More than a decade ago a new fashion trend made its way through some junior and senior high youth. Instead of something baggy or glow-in-the-dark, this fashion statement was a simple bracelet. Woven into the bracelet were initials “WWJD”. The letters stood for “What Would Jesus Do?” The cloth bracelets began as a fund-raiser by a group of Grand Rapids, Michigan kids who were trying to raise money for service projects-but the bracelets caught on. They became so hot that sales topped $1,000,000 a year.
They were discipleship bracelets. They reminded the wearer that, as disciples, they live according to a different standard than does the rest of the world. Kids wore them to remind themselves to make decisions based on “What would Jesus do?” And kids were encouraged to give them away if they met someone they think could have benefited from the reminder themselves.
Of course, kids aren’t the only ones who can benefit from reconsidering a critical moments in their lives “WWJD?” Kids are not the only ones who must hold up discipleship against the hefty weights of peer pressure, personal embarrassment, genuine risk-taking, and tempting offers. An important client is in the office, but he keeps making loud, cruel, bigoted remarks about all other racial/ethnic groups. What Would Jesus Do? A student of your turns in her homework, shows up for class, but smells like a distillery and keeps falling asleep in the back of the room. What Would Jesus Do? A coworker starts “helping himself” to tools on the job site when he thinks no one is looking. What Would Jesus Do?The office gossip train has started taking on new and hotter steam, poisoning the work environment with doubts and suspicions. What Would Jesus Do?You promised you would make it to your child’s final soccer match of the season, but at the last minute you are invited to sit in on a high-powered meeting. What Would Jesus Do? We can all probably think of people who need to ask, “What Would Jesus Do?” before they act. Perhaps we need to ask this question ourselves before we do or say something.