Being Like Jesus.
Last month, I wrote that for my last few months in writing the pastoral article before our new pastor Brian Yarbrough takes over, I am going to use this time to write about being like Jesus. What does it mean to be like Jesus? It means to act like Jesus, walk like Jesus, and have a character like Jesus who is a character of love. I John 2:6 says that "whoever says he abides in him (Jesus) ought to walk in the same way in which He (Jesus) walked". The first thing we need to look at then is how Jesus walked when he was here on earth. How did Jesus walk?
He walked as a servant. Matt 20:28 tells us he came not to be served but to serve. He was holy and sinless. Hebrews 4:15 says Jesus was tempted like we are yet he never sinned. John 6:38 tells us that he did Gods will and not his own. He had a perfect relationship with God and in James 4:15 we see Jesus walked in relationship with God. In Philippians, Romans and Matthew, we see that Jesus was obedient in all ways to God’s direction. In Ps 119:90, it tells us God is faithful; so, we know Jesus walked faithfully too. Jesus walked full of compassion in his heart and in Ps 116:5 it tells us so!
Acts 10:38 tells us Jesus always went about doing good and Luke 4:1 says that Jesus always walked in the leading of the Holy Spirit. He came to seek and save the lost - Luke 19:10 and He stuck to that mission. He never got off track. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that He walked with the joy of his mission even though He knew what pain lay ahead for Him. Jesus walked humbly and always prayed to God for direction and companionship. Mark 1:35: Jesus walked to glorify God. John 17:1: Jesus always walked in love - for he IS love. I John 4:8. I'm sure this is not an exhaustive list of how Jesus walked but it surely gives us a place to start. There is a chorus that says, "make me like you Lord, make me like you" that is all we have to say. We don't have to look at the list and get discouraged...the same Holy Spirit that was available then is available now! But we do need to choose to say that prayer! He is the one we seek for help to live like Jesus.
Love in Christ,