It was overdone, over merchandised, and, eventually, over trivialized. Four letters that seemed to be everywhere in cool Christian culture, but eventually faded away. Some of us may still have the wristbands, but not many of us are still wearing the wristbands. Four letters which, it often seems, have been forgotten. But while WWJD isn’t something you see much any more, I’m reminded that asking “What Would Jesus Do?” is still some pretty good advice to heed — especially when the going gets tough.
Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps.
(1Peter 2:18-21 ESV)
Mindful of God. That’s the phrase I’m chewing on this morning.
Tough counsel to these servant who are already taking it in the teeth as “exiles of the Dispersion.” Life on the run is already hard enough without having to work for an unjust boss. But be subject to them, says Peter. Show them all respect, says Peter. Suffer unjustly, says Peter. For this is a gracious thing in the sight of God when done mindful of God.
Earthly actions filtered first through heavenly attitudes. Daily practices shaped by eternal principles. Every day efforts informed by one, time-transcending example. What would Jesus do? Before doing what seems right to you, or right to the world around you, be mindful of God.
It starts with having our minds set on the things of God. Regularly informing and reminding ourselves of the way of God through the word of God. Taking in truth that can inform our reality. Providing material which the Spirit in us can work with as we navigate this pilgrimage through hostile territory. The Spirit of God, taking the word of God, enabling us to be mindful of God.
So that we might emulate the Son of God by the grace of God.
And that, only for the glory of God.