Remember those bracelets, the ones everyone had?
What would Jesus do? You might have worn one because you saw all of your friends wearing them and wanted to be a part of the crowd. Or maybe you actually knew what it meant. Either way, did any of us really think about that question?
Today, I pulled out of the parking lot at work to take my lunch break. Knowing I had to use my hour wisely because of my long list of things to get done, I began driving and planning my route. Bank, drug store, gas station, then food. I checked the bank and drug store off of my list and headed for the gas station. Pulled in, got out of my car to go in and redeem a coupon for my fuel purchase, and was stopped in my tracks when on the way in I heard, “Miss, Miss!” I turned to see a man sitting in a van park crooked in a spot, “Yes?”
“If I give you my (credit) card could you go in and buy my cigarettes for me? I’m in a wheelchair.”
Frantically trying to decide how to handle the potentially dangerous situation, I responded “I can’t, I’m sorry. I’m on a time crunch and can’t be late getting back to work.” I proceeded to go in and make my fuel purchase, but let the clerk know about the situation, wandered back out and passed the man still sitting in his van, and to my Jeep to pump my gas. I watched him pull out of the parking lot and began to think as my gas finished pumping.
“What did I just do?”
“Did I just miss an opportunity to show God’s love to someone?”
“What would Jesus have done?”
I knew the answers to the questions I had just asked myself, and I just prayed. I prayed that someone would come along and fix what I had messed up, that someone would be bold, not paranoid, and help this man if he was indeed in a wheelchair and just wanted a simple favor. (Even if it was buying a pack of cigarettes for him.) Jesus uses us in mysterious ways sometimes, and I fear that a lot of us miss many opportunities to show others the love of Christ because we’re to comfortable in our little bubbles.
I know that Jesus would have stepped out and helped that man. I also know that I should have stepped out in faith, knowing that I was protected by Him, to do that man a simple favor. I didn’t, and it made me step back and truly think about that infamous question,
What would Jesus do?