We don’t need to ask the question, “What would Jesus do?”. We already know what He did from the account we have in the Scriptures. If everyone who claimed to be a Christian, actually followed Christ’s example, we would live in a much different place. Instead we have an abundance of greed, pride, arrogance, and hatred.
If you think about it (read about it, study about it), Jesus is a champion for the underdog, the outcast, the downtrodden, the oppressed, the poor, the neglected, the undervalued, the rejected, the social pariah, the unwanted, the derelict, and the broken. This list is nowhere near exhaustive, but you get the point. Jesus is a champion for us all in whatever state we happen to be. Jesus Christ offers us grace for the journey. Yet, we have a problem extending that grace to people we deem to be unworthy.
If we are believers and followers of Jesus Christ, we should be growing spiritually. We should be reflecting the image of God’s Son in word and deed. Who do you represent? Sometimes we just don’t do a very good job showing the world the love and grace that God has shown us. Take inventory of your attitudes, words, and actions toward other people. Do you treat people like Jesus would? Maybe they don’t deserve grace; neither do you! That’s why it’s called grace.
Jesus did not require that we clean ourselves up and get our acts together before He would love us and save us. Grace is unmerited, unearned, undeserved. That’s the whole point; no one can boast that s/he worked hard to obtain it. Because God is who He is, we are not consumed. Because God is merciful, gracious and loving, He sent His son to die in our place. How we treat others is about who we are, not who they are. Are you grateful for all that God has done for you? Show it. Be more like Jesus Christ.