Just Like Jesus

Give me your best smile

Looking mighty sweet

I often hear well meaning Christians say, “I want to be like Jesus”… although I would agree, I also believe most do not truly know what that would look like for themselves. I think lots of us have a vague understanding of the character of Jesus, His ministry and His life focus.

 What is the legacy of Jesus… why did He minister the way He did and is it a real goal to be like Him?

 Since Jesus came to Earth as the Son of God, and God is love, you can say that Jesus was consistently focused out of His love for His Heavenly Father and compassion for humanity. Jesus was patient, kind, and humble. He was not envious, boastful or proud. He was not rude or self-seeking or easily angered. He kept no record of wrongs. He did not delight in evil but rejoiced with the Truth. He always protected, always trusted, always hoped, and always persevered (1 Cor 13:4-7).

 Since Jesus released an exact copy of Himself (the Holy Spirit) to dwell inside of us; once you received His gift of salvation, you can say that you are all of those things as well. As a “new creature” in God the life of Christ released by the Holy Spirit can become your life.

 You might wonder why you still get jealous… or why are you still envious, boastful or proud? That’s because we are not yet fully perfected. The writer of Hebrews says “let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:1-2).

  •  Jesus is our beginning and our end… it is not unrealistic to want to be like Him; yet could I propose the most accurate goal is to become who you were meant to be.

 We start with Him when we are saved… He is our focus just like the Father was Jesus’ focus. He takes us through the changes we need because we have a proper focus and a platform of love. We might still struggle with the habits of our “old” self but we need to believe the truth that we are “new creatures” (2 Cor 5:17). It may not manifest instantly in our lives; nevertheless it is the truth that needs to become our identity.

 Having Jesus as our Savior sets us free to be who God designed us to be!

  •  God made each one of us as individuals.

 “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Ps 139:13-14).

  • He has a plan and purpose for each one of us:

 “I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jer 29:11).

 Our life’s plan and purpose is individually unique, because of how God created us. We can be certain of one fact; you and I were designed to glorify God as our Father… just like Jesus.

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