Want to be like Christ? He tells us how. All we have to do is…depend on Him for everything–and do what He did.
3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
Romans 12:9-11 is a great place to start:
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Let’s break it down:
- Focus- We need our attention to be on what is good. Keep our minds open to the presence and participation of His Spirit in everything.
- Diligence- Our devotion to Christ and to our brothers and sisters in Christ needs to be consistent. We should never give up. Maybe it should be called the Practice of Christianity (like practicing law or medicine).
- Action- If we are not moving forward, then we are drifting backward. “The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep them from going [drifting] down to the grave.” Proverbs 15:24
- Renewal- The Spirit gives us strength, tenacity, and determination to keep working at it. We are always successful, even if it’s just in the fact that we never give up trying. It counts.
- Reward- For this we look at verse 12: We will be “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” These are characteristics of Jesus. We are most like Him when the Spirit creates these traits in us. How do we get them? Through practice, tenacity and determination; by not ever giving up.
I told the story of the two frogs the other day. I’ll tell it again:
Two frogs found themselves in a large can of milk out on the farm one day. They swam and swam until one of them gave up and “croaked.” The other kept swimming until he felt something under his flippers. It was butter! He swam a while more and then used the butter to jump out of the can. Tenacity won the day!
Our desire to please Jesus comes from His Spirit within us. As we struggle, He uses our struggles to recreate Himself in us. We become like Jesus! Is this good news? Yes and no. Yes in the fact that we are becoming like our Savior, but no in that we will continue to struggle. We can take great comfort in the fact that Jesus struggled His whole life here on earth. We also can take great comfort in His peace that He offers us along with His love and His joy. He also gives us hope, mercy and grace each time we need it–which is all the time (or seems like)!
Today, let’s worship our Savior and Lord with all our hearts and thank Him for winning the war for us ahead of time. Our battles now take on a whole new perspective.
Abba, may You continue to conform us into the image of Your Son. Jesus, You are our Hero! We want to be just like You. We worship You today, thanking You and blessing You as our Savior and our God. Amen.