Why We Should Strive to Be Christ-Like

What the bible says about being like Jesus:

1 John 2:6 “whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”

1 Corinthians 11:1 “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”

1 Peter 2:21 “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow His steps.”

John 13:13-17 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

How Can I Become More Christ-like?

  • Read your Bible and “feed” your Spirit

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:16-17

  • Strive to do as Christ did when He was a man (Some examples of Jesus’ Character: Matthew 26:36-45, 50-52; Luke 23:33-34; John 19:25-27)
  • Surrender all of yourself to God and trust Him fully

Romans 12:1-2 says “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

John 3:30 says “He must become greater; I must become less”

  • Ask God to forgive you for your sins (because only He can) and live a life of purity. Sin is no longer your master once you have accepted Christ.

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, He lives to God.

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:1-14

  • Live Your Life as Christ lived His

Jesus did not spend His entire life in the church at the altar. He was out spreading the word of God through His actions and His words daily. He did not only hang out with those who were deemed “worthy” and “good” by most standards. Jesus hung out with sinners. He hung out with prostitutes and thieves. He did not do so because he preferred them to the righteous. He did not enjoy their behaviors or want to be exposed to their wickedness; He did so He could preach directly to them. Most people don’t respond well to someone from the outside telling them they aren’t living “correctly.” But if someone who is willing to sit with them and talk with them tells them, it is coming more from a place of love and doesn’t sound as condescending. Jesus was not someone who would condescend to others and never thought He was any better than anyone else.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28

It is important to remember: “We aren’t called to be like other Christians. We’re called to be like Christ.”

No person on this earth is blameless. None of us are without sin. We should strive to be like Christ in all things; not like someone who we perceive as a good person. They can be a great asset to our lives and can help encourage us and be an accountability partner that helps us strive to be Christ-like, but our eyes should be focused on Him in all things. If we are focused on Christ, everything else will fall away and we will be with Him.

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