What does it mean to live as Jesus did?
If I claim to love the Lord, He is my prime example of how to be. Who to be.
If I look back and think about it – this is what I’ve observed from the life of Jesus on earth.
*He never spoke in anger.
*He loved all people. Of all types. Ugly. Beautiful. Rich. Poor.
*He had integrity. Honesty.
*He was warm, compassionate, kind, GENTLE.
*He gave respect and earned respect.
*He didn’t stay at home. He went out into his neighborhood. His town. He travelled. All to tell people about the Lord.
*He never got drunk. He didn’t smoke. Or swear.
*He was loyal.
*He prayed. A Lot.
*He went to church. But He also studied God’s Word daily.
*He didn’t pretend to be better than others. He was humble.
*He didn’t “water down” God’s Word. He spoke it like it was. And if others chose not to believe Him, He didn’t continue to try to please them. He just “was.”
*He took a day off. He rested. He knew when it was time to recharge His batteries.
*He was generous. Never selfish.
*He forgave easily. Quickly.
There are so many more examples I could give of the kind of person Jesus was.
1 John 2:6 tells us, “Whoever claims to live in him, must live as Jesus did.”
Do you claim to live in Christ? Are you living as He did?
I know you could argue that Jesus was perfect. And He was. But that perfection is still something that we can aspire to. We still aspire to have a perfectly beautiful, clean, and organized house and the fact that it will get messed up again doesn’t stop us. So why should striving to be perfect like Jesus, stop us? It’s not that hard to be generous. We can all study God’s Word daily. We can rest. Be honest. Keep ourselves from being drunk.
It’s a choice.
I don’t know about you, but I claim to live in Christ. And I want to aspire to be like Him. I may need to work on some areas more than others – but I’m trying.
For I want to please Him. I want to please myself so that I have less to regret in life and more to be joyful about.
I want to – because He gave me the desire.
How about you?