‘Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them’ John 14.23 NIV.
Jesus was one with His Father and lived from Him. He did not ponder what His Father would do because He was the expression of Him in person. A bracelet with the words ‘What Would Jesus Do’ is not hard to find in some Christian book shops. But this is definitely more ‘Christian/religious’ than new covenant and sidelines entirely the reality of Christ in us. It ranks with ‘Keeping close to Jesus’ as a pious, works ridden approach that ignores the fact that Christ is our life and the trinity is present and alive in us. ‘Goodness’ is never separate from us in the new testament age. He is our life.
The gospel of the Kingdom as someone has aptly said,
‘Is not about you inviting Jesus into your life. It’s about Jesus already including you in His.’
Many Christians live in a dualism of us and Him. Hence the need to keep close to Jesus because He is supposedly somewhere - else but not in and with them as Jesus plainly said he would be. The good news is that by the One Spirit He pervades our being. He is part of us. We are not orphans. He is with us and in us. We are joined to God. We and Father are one. This is Christ’s achievement for us. As genuine sons and daughters we do what Jesus did because we are the expression of His person. This is why Jesus really must be our life and not some externality.
In Trinitarian Conversations, the authors write,
‘That WWJD paradigm is: Jesus isn't doing anything, so I've got to do something for him. You can get into that. But notice everything's thrown back on you. Because Jesus made it possible, all you have to do is make it actual and real. That is a huge burden, and it leads to burnout in ministry …
Wouldn't the picture be better and more accurate if we asked, ‘What is Jesus doing now, today, by the Spirit, and how can I get involved?’ But that wouldn't fit on a bracelet ...
The better question would be, What is Jesus doing, and how can I get involved or participate? Instead of thinking that Jesus isn't doing anything and so I have to do it for him or instead of him. That's the road to burnout in the Christian life and especially in Christian ministry.’
Christ is never somewhere else. He is in you. His righteousness and life has become your and is becoming you. By the Spirit. He has come in your flesh and becomes your spirit and life. Your fruitfulness and ability to give life comes from the fact that you are actually alive because Christ is your life. You are hidden in Him and formed in Him, yet the manifestation of yourself in your everyday world exposes the reality of His presence. This certifies you unique personhood as a son/daughter and representative of our Father. It releases the kind of life that is not religious but is life without limit.
‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6,63 NIV.