Hi friends! I’m super excited to share with you what the Lord has been teaching and showing me through His word today. Today’s post all started with a question I was asked earlier this past week which got me thinking. It was a simple question, but as I began to ponder on it, the Lord began to challenge and convict me. So as I’m writing this post for you, know that the Lord has all this in mind for me as well.
“What would it look like if we tried to live more like Jesus? “
As a believer in Christ, I think we would all say that we would desire to be more like Him. Being more like Jesus is a day by day process as we seek to know Him and spread His love to those around us so that they might see Christ in us. It it my desire that you would see not only how important it is to be as Christ but also how easy and attainable it is when you get to know Him.
A Life Lived Like Jesus
- Know the Author: John 17:3, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” If you want to be like Him you have to get to know Him. The more you get to know Him, the more you get to know His character and motives and the more you can truly live your life for Him. The closer you draw to Christ, taking on His attributes, the more your life will look like His. Prioritizing time with Him and His Word is essential to getting to know Him deeper. The more time you are in the Word, reading and praying, the more it will transform and shape your life to look as Him.
- Humble yourself: James 4:10, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.” In Philippians chapter 2 Paul talks about how Jesus humbled Himself, became as a servant and lived a life as man. Jesus is the ultimate example that we should follow. Jesus humbled Himself and was obedient even unto death, death on the cross. It says a couple verses later that God highly exalted Him just as Christ wants to exalt us. When we come before God in humility we realize how fallen short and weak we are compared to the sacrifice He made for us. When we choose to cast aside ourselves and give up our will to Him, we can live a life without pride. The more you pray for God to humble you, (and trust me, He will give you those moments,) is when you will discover that humbleness is a place of beauty and freedom.
- Love others: John 13:34, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Loving others might seem easy but in all honesty, it can be very difficult. When we choose to love others as Jesus did, it means we have to love everyone like He did. Which means the people you don’t like as well. Even when we don’t think they deserve it, when they mistreat you, even when they are undeserving and rude, just as you would want to be shown and given grace so ought you to show the loving grace of Jesus. Which by the way is the same grace Jesus showed you when you were dead in your sins, He loved you so much He was willing to die for you. When it seems too difficult to love the people around you, ask the Lord to give you eyes to see others the way He sees them and a love that would show them the love that Christ has shown you.
- Spend time in prayer: Luke 6:12, “Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. ” There are several instances in scripture talking about how Jesus would walk away from the public eye and go to pray. Even though it was good to be with others, spending time with them, it was just as good that He spent time alone with the Heavenly Father. Just as Jesus knew how important it was to talk to His Father in prayer so the we ought to take time everyday praying to our Heavenly Father away from all the distractions. What if we weren’t so caught up in the crazy business of life and took time to truly spend quality time in communion with God. The Lord wants us to enjoy Himself. He delights in us! He longs for fellowship with us. Remember that whenever we feel the least like praying is when we need to pray the most. Prayer was clearly very important to Jesus as it was His connection to the Father. It made Him ready for the battles He would have to face, it kept Him close and intimate with the Father and gave Him wisdom of God’s desires. As Christians we would say we want to be more like Christ and that should include living out His words. When we pray and spend time with Jesus, our will aligns with His and changes how we experience situations and respond to them.
We can’t live like this without the Holy Spirit of Christ empowering us. We have to humble ourselves and submit to Christ, and it is Him who enables us to live in a way He did. Ephesians 4:24 says, “And that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” The Lord wants to give each of us an abundant life, not just in Heaven but here on this Earth as well. My prayer is that you would seek Jesus and ask Him for wisdom and what it looks like to live as He did. When you seek to know Him and His will, you will start to notice your faith being lived out for Him.
“Look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him, everything else.” – C.S. Lewis