Shortly after I got my masters degree in the early nineties, the WWJD bracelets were popular. Everyone asked, “What would Jesus do?” The spirit of that question lies behind a lot of the concern the younger generation of Christians today for the environment, the poor, the oppressed, and injustice. Their enthusiasm is great and their motives are good. As they care for those less fortunate and seek to create a more just world, they see themselves as doing what Jesus would do.
However, there is one thing that Jesus did that we are in danger of leaving undone. After a day of healing the sick, Jesus got up early the next day and sought to be alone in prayer.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He got up, went out, and made His way to a deserted place. And He was praying there. Simon and his companions went searching for Him. They found Him and said, “Everyone’s looking for You!”” (Mark 1:35–37, HCSB)
Jesus ministered to the real physical needs of the people, but He did not ignore their spiritual need to hear the gospel. His method was not to do good deeds and hope that He earned enough good favor to be allowed to preach. No, His purpose was to preach. If we are to biblically to answer the question “what would Jesus do” among the people around us, among those suffering, among those who are oppressed, then we must answer, “Preach the good news.” Like Jesus did, we should do more, but we should definitely not do less.