#48 More Like Him

It's correct to assume that anyone calling himself a Christian is also a person who is striving to become more like Jesus Christ. In order to be anything like Jesus we have to believe everything he said and agree with what he taught. Any person who is truly saved will want to become more like Jesus, in character, actions, and in additional ways. There's no way of getting around it!

Some of the ways Jesus was not like us was how he didn't go to churches anything like ours and he didn't share our taste in fashions. We can also be fairly confident that Jesus was not heavy into promoting certain political candidates or a staunch supporter of any particular political party. And there are many who have forgotten that Jesus wasn't attempting to impress God or others by following religious rituals.

There are many stories in the Bible of Jesus doing something. Doing things like helping those who were sick and hungry. Being a blessing to those around us who are in need is a simple and fantastic way for us to be a tiny bit like Jesus.

If we want to be more like Jesus we'll also need to encourage each other to go and do the same things he encouraged others to do. Pay your taxes would be just one practical example.

[Mark 12:17] Then Jesus told them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”


And they marveled at Him. BSB

Even though not a one of us will come very close to having the godly character Jesus has, this is not an acceptable excuse for not making progress.

Just in case you hadn't noticed: There are a lot of angry people in this world and many of them are churchgoers. If the request, “Dear God please help me get angry only at the right things,” was part of our daily prayers some of us my become like new creations.

I say this because Jesus was unlike us and he only got angry when he had a really good reason to be. Like when religious people did things that kept others from wanting to know Jesus.

[Matthew 21:12] Then Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those selling doves. BSB

Generally speaking, it's fairly easy to identify many of the actions Jesus did and would have us to go and do ourselves.

[1 Thessalonians 4:9 & 11] 9Now about brotherly love, you do not need anyone to write to you, because you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another 11and to aspire to live quietly, to attend to your own matters, and to work with your own hands, as we instructed you. BSB

The world would definitely be a better place if Christians stopped doing many of the things that Jesus would never do. The Bible has not clearly defined for us the exact places Jesus would or would never have set foot in, or which activities he would not have wasted or invested his time. However, there are many events recorded in the Bible that reveal to us a pretty decent picture of things Jesus didn't do.

[Luke 9:58] Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.” BSB

Upon studying the New Testament we can deduce that Jesus was not into accumulating things and that there was no lifestyle creep in his life as he became more successful in ministry. Jesus could have been the most financially successful preacher on the planet, but preferred to live in the simplest of ways. If we became more like Jesus in our spending habits, then we would make fewer impulse buys and we wouldn't experience buyer's remorse.

I often wonder if the ways we are least like Jesus is what is causing the most damage to our “Christian” witness and to our ability to reach others for Christ.

Jesus never made senseless comments that would push away the people that he wanted the chance to hear about eternal life in heaven. In recent times it has become very noticeable that many pastors, churches, and “Christians” seem to love making unnecessary polarizing comments. The kind that are driving out and keeping away from Church those Jesus would really love to have the opportunity to join his team.

Staunch

Very loyal and committed to.

Lifestyle creep

An increase in non-essential spending as a person's income grows.