We live in unprecedented times that affect each of us, no matter what business you are in or what part of the globe you live. We have experienced a global pandemic, subsequent shutdown of the world, the ensuing economic repercussions, and now lawlessness abounds in many areas of the United States.
The question many asked years ago, WWJD or “What Would Jesus Do?” is a great question. I was having lunch with a wise community leader last week and we were discussing this topic and he said no matter how crazy the world gets; Jesus is always our example. As we further discussed the topic I realized how easy it is to get caught up in the emotional response to the chaos around us and miss the simplistic and powerful response based on the question, “What Would Jesus Do?”
Jesus Knew His Identity and Purpose
I recently watched the first season of “The Chosen,” which includes the first eight episodes. The series is probably the best series I have watched on the life of Jesus. The quality of the show, the character development, and biblical reflection is well done, and it gives you a greater insight into what the life of Jesus may have been like in His day-to-day life. Jesus lived in a difficult era with harsh Roman rule and Jewish law that had evolved way beyond the law given to Moses. Even in these difficult times and harsh environment, Jesus knew the compass that guided Him was His identity and purpose. It was this compass that allowed Him to navigate through the treacherous waters to establish the foundation of the Gospel that would positively impact hundreds of millions of people throughout history.
The Apostle John reflects the importance of aligning with the purpose our Heavenly Father has for each of us as he quotes Jesus in John 5:19-20, “Jesus gave them this answer: Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.” The example Jesus provides is one each of us should pursue as we embrace the identity and purpose we were created to fulfill.
His Investment Paved the Way for Others
The investment Jesus made through His obedience to His Father and the sacrifice He made for each of us paved the way for us to have a relationship with our Heavenly Father for all of eternity. His example applies to our lives as we are obedient to the identity and purpose for which we were created and invest in the lives of others to be His witnesses on earth. The Apostle John quotes Jesus in a powerful exhortation, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
To think that we can do greater things than Jesus was able to do while on earth is difficult to grasp. When we examine this scripture, we understand that this is possible because of His intercession as He ascends to the Father, as we ask according to His will, and later in John 14, Jesus tells us our power will come from the gift of the Holy Spirit, who will come after He ascends. This is the power He provides to allow us to accomplish His purpose on this earth and Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Thy Kingdom come, and Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
Empowered to Accomplish His Purpose
When we align with the plans and purpose our Heavenly Father has created us for, engage with the assignment He has prepared us for, and allow the Holy Spirit to empower us, we operate in the sweet spot of life. This is the place Jesus lived His life and gave us the perfect example. This is not always an easy place to operate, since there are seasons of trials, growth, pruning, and desert experiences that take us outside of our comfort zones. However, these seasons are necessary to experience the fullness of life He has prepared for us. I have a good friend that once said, “I have been heavily processed to prepare me for the Kingdom work that God created me for.”
During the season we are currently in, it is easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged with the craziness in the world around us. When this occurs, it is comforting to meditate on Jesus words in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at email@example.com.