Encouraging young people to devote every area of life to the glory of Christ
Does becoming like Christ include doing the things that Christ did?
Yes, Tabitha, I suppose it does. Being compassionate and loving, seeking to be sinless, etc. But obviously there are many ways in which we can't be like Him; being fully God and fully man, for example. Anyone have any tips on how we can practice Christlikeness?
Being more Christlike, Wanting to live for God and what he wills Matthew 6:10"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven""Romans 12:1-2""I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."2 Peter 3:18"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen."
This is an excellent quote!Becoming Christlike is the essence of glorifying God as a Christian.Doing the things Christ did, out of a regenerate heart, is the evidence that we are becoming like him; 'If you love me, keep my commands,''I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.(John13:15.)''Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:' (Matt11:29)'Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.' (1Jn3:16)The process of becoming imitators of Christ is long and can be painful, but the right course of a Christian is that of growing up into maturity in Christ, as Paul lays out in much of Ephesians Ch4. 'But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:'(Eph4:15)
Anonymous, you said "obviously there are many ways in which we can't be like Him" and I was wondering if anyone knew how we are supposed to know which things we are supposed to emulate and which are His prerogative? The example given, being fully God and fully man, is obvious - we can't and aren't supposed to be this! But what about other things?Does is apply to just His commands? Does it mean practical things (such as healing, the way He celebrated and what He celebrated, how and when He prayed) or only to 'spiritual' things, such as compassion, faith, love, etc.? Or something in between? In which case, how do you decide where to draw that line?Because, surely, the answers to those questions could drastically change how we follow God and seek after becoming more like Messiah ... Any suggestions?
We are to follow his teaching. And become more Christlike. I think in relation to the healing. We cannot be like Christ in that way. Christ was able to do miracles, because he was God. His disciples were able to do that too but only through the power that God had given. We cannot do those things now as God doesnt appear to us through miracles or dreams. We have his Word which tells us how to live. By reading Gods Word and wanting to know more about Him will enable us to live more for Christ. Obviously we cannot be fully like Christ as we are still in our sinful state, but we must try to honor and praise and follow Him.
The chief way in which we become like Christ is in imitating and attaining to the love which he has showed to us towards one another.1 John ch3 vs. 16-18. In fact 1 John as a whole is a very good guide to becoming more like Christ.
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