Many Christians, when making decisions or wanting to follow a model for living, ask, “What would Jesus do (WWJD)?” I’ve done the same many times.
Lately, I’ve been asking myself another question: “HWJR?”
That’s: “How would Jesus relate?”
I’ve taken this question from Philippians 2:1-5.
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility value others above yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”
One translation of the last verse reads, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.”
And what was the attitude of Christ in His relationships?
“He made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:7-8).
How would Jesus relate (HWJR)? We answer that question by answering the question, “How did Jesus relate?”
He made Himself nothing.
He was a servant.
He humbled Himself.
He was obedient to the Father.
He died to self.
He died for us.
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How would our relationships change if we sought God’s power to live an HWJR life—“How would Jesus relate?”