3 Ways To Be More Like Jesus
How leading good Christian lives means committing to it every day.
With so much changing in the world around us so frequently, many young Christians today are faced with questions "What is God's plan for us?" or "How can we be more Christ-like today?" But if we take a look at the Bible, we see that God has given us many timeless clues that we can apply even today to become better followers of Jesus.articles related-article-wrap
Jesus once told his followers, "If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it" - John 14:14
Here are some key ways to be more Christlike every day.
1. Look at money differently
Living in a consumerist culture makes it easy to fall into the trap of keeping up with the latest in everything. But Jesus has a different mandate for us.
He says to us in Matthew 19:21, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."
While this can be seen as very literal teaching, there's a lot we can read into it. The Lord isn't against us earning money or providing for our families. Instead, he wants to encourage us to look beyond ourselves. We need to be looking at how our resources can lift someone in need and help the impoverished in our community.
2. Welcome self-sacrifice
It's easy to love those who love us and care for those in our immediate circles, but it takes real selflessness to go out of our way for all in our community without question.
In Philippians 2:3-4, the Lord tells us, "Do nothing from rivalry or conceit but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others."
But, we are human, and aspiring to live by the tenets of Christ instead of the world is an uphill task that we must take on willingly if we are to live good Christian lives.
3. Have faith in doing Jesus's work on earth
Mark 1:16-20 tells us about the very first disciples of Jesus and how they left everything they knew and found familiar to follow Jesus. It was real faith that propelled them forward into action.
"Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, [Jesus] saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, 'Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.' And immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on a little farther, he saw James, the son of Zebedee and John, his brother, who were in their boat, mending the nets. And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him"
While it may not be possible for us to dedicate our entire lives to the work of our Lord, we can give as generously as we can to his church. If every Christian shared their time, talents, resources and skills freely, what a difference we could make to this world.
Christ calls us to do many things we don't fully understand or think is impossible. But all we need to do is remind ourselves of his ultimate sacrifice, and we will realise that we already have everything we need to be worthy images of him on earth.