I am an 80’s kid who also happens to be a kid who was in the youth group at my church in the 90’s. There was a fad back then amongst all the other rad fads that tried to motivate and show kids that being a Christian was cool. Surely this was done with good intentions and was designed to “get the kids” in the church. One of those fads were these bracelets called WWJD bracelets (What Would Jesus Do). The concept behind it was to be a reminder whenever you thought it would be a good idea to sin, that bracelet would serve as an alarm or reminder. Not sure if calling it an ankle bracelet is too much…but it was meant to let you know when you were approaching spiritual danger (sin is bad, mkay). Because as we all know, when you sin and mess up God is mad at you, Jesus cries and your points on earning salvation and your living better doing righter meter drops.
How many of us ripped that bracelet off out of frustration, anxiety, shame, exhaustion or “lost it” along with our hope of ever living up to the call to “be perfect as your Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48)?” How many of us were reminded by fellow “Christians” of how much our sin upset God and how we should be afraid of the reality that we might not be saved? Because surely we were reminded of and encouraged to “examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).”
When examining ourselves to see if we are in the faith we will always be discouraged and exhausted when we examine to see if we are living like Jesus instead of examining to see if we are looking AT Jesus.
Don’t bank or have faith in what you are doing. Bank and have faith in what Jesus has already done. A life focused on “self” cannot be focused on Jesus. It’s not about what you need to do it is about what Jesus has done.
So therefore…trade in your WWJD bracelet and realize that you have been branded (or tattooed, for those who are not offended by that) by God a mark that reads WHJD*
…If you are a child of God that is…
Are you? Do you want to know how you can know? That will be another post.
*What Has Jesus Done