Valentine’s Day Version of WWJD?
“What would Jesus do?” (WWJD) is a great question to ask, including on Valentine’s Day. The best way to love is in the ways God loves. We know He approves of romance, based on the Song of Solomon in the Old Testament. However, you don’t need to be in a romantic relationship to spread God’s love on the most love-focused day of the year. General tips for doing what Jesus might do on Valentine’s Day follow.
Precisely What Did Jesus Do?
In Matthew 3:15, Jesus, in the process of convincing John to baptize him, said, “It is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” This is something Jesus certainly did, since He paid the sin debts of every person ever born or to be born on the earth. This is a high and lofty thing, but the way in which Jesus lived his life was very humble. He gave an example for living righteously that is within reach for every born-again Christian.
Even though He came to earth from heaven, is the Son of Almighty God, and is himself Lord, Jesus came to be a servant. Matthew 20:27-28 New King James Version (NKJV) says:
“And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
There were, no doubt, countless ways in which Jesus served others. He did the tasks of the lowliest servants, including washing feet (John 13:5).
Luke 5:16 says, referring to Jesus, “So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.” We know that we need to pray continuously, as the Bible says, partly because Jesus says that we must abide in him or we can do nothing (John 15:5).
The Bible says in Acts 10:38 that Jesus “went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
It seems clear that we are supposed to remain in him and do good through him.
The death and resurrection of Jesus became the final sacrifice to God so that our sins can be covered. Jesus sacrificed his life for us. He also says that we are supposed to be living sacrifices in Romans 12:1, which follows:
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
What does it mean to be a living sacrifice? Each of us probably has a unique way in which we accomplish this. It means giving up our leisure to do what God has called us to do. We may feel God leading us to teach Vacation Bible School, share the gospel in an uncomfortable place, or simply be kind to unkind people, even those who may live under the same roof.
Valentine’s Day Tip for Christians
With a humble attitude like Jesus, we can serve like He did, too. As long as we stay in prayer and in close communion with God, we can make whatever sacrifices are necessary to share His love in the ways we are led to by the Holy Spirit.
Just keep loving Jesus and obeying God’s Word. Then, let his love spill over into service for others. He even tells us what to do, specifically, if we are listening.
So, that’s the tip. Make sure God is answering when you call to him by living obediently and then don’t do all the talking. Listen, and he will guide you in what to do for Valentine’s Day and every day, to share his love with a hurting world.