Remember the slogan, “I wanna be like Mike”? The phrase referred to Michael Jordan, the famous basketball player. There were many little boys wanted to grow up and be like Mr. Jordan. He was their hero. In the same manner, God wants us to desire to grow up and be like Jesus. Jesus wants to be our hero. I wanna be like Jesus. How about you?
The reason that God wants us to be like Jesus is so that we can represent Him accurately to people who desperately need to see Him in spite of His invisible nature. In Matthew 8:3, Jesus said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” Therefore, when we act like Jesus, others are able to get a glimpse of Who God is. Thus, when God asks us to be like Jesus, He simply wants us to extend grace to others in the ways He has extended grace to us. For example, He wants us to be like Him in the following ways:
He is forgiving. When we sin against God, if we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior and we repent, He is ready, willing and able to forgive us and “wipe the slate clean” at our request. He says in I John 1:9, “If we confess our sin He is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” He expects no less from us when others trespass against us.
He is loving. Romans 5:5 says, “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” When we receive the love of God and love ourselves, we can then love other people. God’s desire is to love others through us.
He is merciful. Where would we be without the mercy of God? Luke 6:36 says, “Be ye merciful even as your Father also is merciful.” God always shows us mercy, and he wants us to turn around and show mercy to others.
He is giving. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus says in Luke 12:32, “For it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” God, by nature, is a giver, and He wants us to follow suit and give out of the resources He has bestowed upon us as he directs.
So you see, God is not asking us to do anything that he is not willing to do. When it comes to relationships, I always say, “I’m not asking for anything that I am not willing to give. “ Similarly, God is not asking us to do anything for others that He has not already done for us. For Him to ask us to do something He won’t do would hypocritical. He has already set the example and expects us to follow His lead.
Therefore, we ought to strive to be like Jesus so we don’t misrepresent Him and create a stumbling block for those who don’t believe. Furthermore, when we misrepresent God, we end up being a hindrance to our brothers and sisters in Christ. We need to constantly ask the question, “What Would Jesus Do?” or ”
WWJD?” We should answer the question by showing Christ-like behavior. That’s the only way to be sure we are accurately representing the Master on a daily basis to a dying world.
In what way do you want to be more like Jesus? What area of growth does God have you focusing on right now? Leave a comment below.
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