Plan to be like Jesus

  1. Plan BackwardsWe must articulate the “end state” of whatever we undertake, with the characteristics of that end state defined, in order to know whether we are “progressing” or merely moving, consuming time, energy and materials, but getting no closer to satisfactory conclusions.

If we are serious about being conformed to the image of Jesus (Romans 8:29), we must describe that “end state”.

A few considerations, however. We must discern the difference between His divine characteristics and our mortal ones.

  • Christ is a title. (in Latin, Christus.) Christus is an approximation of the Jewish awesome, larger-than-life concept of Messiah. I would like to be more like Jesus, but not “Christ-like”:

    • There is only one Christ.

    • I’m not it.

    • To strive to be that, or like that, is presumptuous.

    • Nor does He need my (pitifully poor) help to be It.

  • On the other hand, to follow Jesus and try to emulate Him as the role model (He did say He was The Way – John 14:6) is what we should say – and do.

2. Attempting to emulate the divine qualities or characteristics is both inappropriate and pulls us away from what can and should be done. 

The Adversary takes great delight in

  • watching us attempt what is not ours to do…

  • while not doing what is ours to do!

What are the characteristics of Jesus we should not emulate?

  • Sinless: Oops. Too late. Yet the world (and Father of Lies) will tell us two lies.

    • Lie #1: We are born sinless but are made sinful by society, or whatever unliked political party, or philosophy or whatever.

    • Lie #2: To be sinless is our primary goal, and if we don’t get this right, the rest doesn’t matter. In that way we stop before we really get started.

  • Know-It-All: He does. We don’t. Get over it. Thinking (and communicating) we do undermines our commission before it starts.

3. What are the characteristics of Jesus we should emulate? 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 seems a good place to start. Love (Jesus) is

4 Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or 5 rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. 6 Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. 7 Love is always supportive,
loyal, hopeful, and trusting. 8 Love never fails! (Contemporary English Version)

Can I substitute my name for “love”?

If not, can I start?

Things worth doing are… worth doing, whether we do them well or not. 

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