Let’s hop in a time machine and take a trip back to the late 1990s or early 2000s. You know when Britney Spears, The Backstreet Boys and N’SYNC reigned supreme on the radio air waves. Back in a time when scrunchies were cool and you had all the Lisa Frank stickers anyone could ever want. Slap bracelets were all the rage, too. All the memories are flooding back, aren’t they? You probably have some vivid memories of slapping someone with a WWJD bracelet and calling it a day. Did anyone miss the irony in that?
What Would Jesus Do – another late ‘90s and early ‘00s staple. Try this memory on for size – a classmate or sibling would do something particularly annoying and you’d shout back “WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?!” like that was some kind of retribution or something. Asking “What Would Jesus Do” was a great catchphrase, and if you really contemplated the answer, it was a creative technique to encourage people to truly emulate Jesus’ lifestyle. But, now that you’re older and searching for greater meaning, you might find yourself asking another question: What Did Jesus Say?
Here are some verses that touch on what did Jesus say in relation to how Christians should live their lives:
- “ Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” – Mark 8:34-37
- “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37-40
- “…Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:43-45
Keep these verses in mind as you go throughout your day, whether you’re already a Jesus follower or just considering believing. These are great verses to live by because, let’s face it, we could all use a bit more love in the world.