“What Would Jesus Do?,” the title of a book by Charles Sheldon, as well as the phrase stamped on countless bracelets, t-shirts and other Christian schwag is really the right question to ask. When we have a mentor we trust, we often think about how they would react in a situation before we respond. Jesus tell us in John 14:6-7 that He is our all-time mentor in life: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”
But we live in the modern world, and He came from a simpler time! How can we know what Jesus would have done in our situation?
While it is true that the time period Jesus lived in was less technologically advanced, people were still people and there was plenty of modern day intrigue that occurred. They still struggled with hatred, jealousy, greed, lust, and dishonesty the same as today. And while Jesus’ teachings to his disciples and other followers may not specifically tie to something we are struggling with today, there are plenty of general guidelines in the Bible that we can apply to our personal circumstances.
In Psalm 119:105, David tells the Lord: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Reading and studying the Bible will strengthen our relationship with Jesus, which will help us discern His will. Just as working with and spending time with a mentor helps us to learn how to succeed in a certain profession, spending time in God’s word will help us to learn how to succeed at life.