IV. What Would Jesus Do? The following is an excerpt from a sermon by the character portrayed
in the book,
In His Steps, the pastor, Henry Maxwell:
"What is the test of Christian discipleship? Is it not the same as in Christ's own lifetime?
Have our surroundings modified or changed the test? If Jesus were here today, would He not call
some of the members of this very church to do just what He commanded the young man, and ask them
to give up their wealth and literally follow Him? I believe He would do that, if He felt
certain that any church member thought more of his possessions than of his Savior. The test
would be the same today as then. I believe Jesus would demand, He does demand now, as close a
following, as much suffering, as great self-denial, as when he lived in person on the earth and
said, 'except a man renounceth all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.' That is,
unless he is willing to do it for My sake, he cannot be My disciple."
"What would Jesus do about the great army of unemployed and desperate who tramp the streets and
curse the church, or are indifferent to it, lost in the bitter struggle for the bread that
tastes bitter when it is earned, on account of the desperate conflict to get it? Would Jesus
care nothing for them? Would He go His way in comparative case and comfort? Would He say it was
none of His business?"
"It is the personal element that Christian discipleship needs to emphasize. Each individual
Christian, businessman, citizen, needs to follow His steps along the path of personal sacrifice
for Him. There is not a different path today from that of Jesus' own times. It is the same
path. The call of this dying century and of the new one soon to be is a call for a new
discipleship, a new following of Jesus, more like the early, simple, apostolic Christianity when
the disciples left all and literally followed the Master. Nothing but a discipleship of this kind
can face the destructive selfishness of the age, with any hope of overcoming it. We need a
revival of the Christianity of Christ. We have, unconsciously, lazily, selfishly, formally,
grown into a discipleship that Jesus Himself would not acknowledge? He would say to many of us,
when we cry, 'Lord, Lord', 'I never knew you.' Are we ready to take up the cross?"
"Are we ready to make and live a new discipleship? Are we ready to reconsider our definition of
a Christian? It is to imitate Jesus. It is to do as He would do. It is to walk in His steps."17
17In His Steps, pages 255-259.
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