By: Pastor Jarren Rogers
“‘Putting on Christ’ is not one among many jobs a Christian has to do; and it is not a sort of special exercise for the top class. It is the whole of Christianity. Christianity offers nothing else at all” – C.S. Lewis
The number one, most important, all-encompassing, total, defining responsibility for the Christian is this:
To imitate Christ in all things you do.
Being Christlike is always in God’s will for you. Doing as Christ did will never lead you astray. Following Christ’s example will never cause you to sin.
Here’s the catch:
We can’t do it on our own.
If being Christlike was something that each of us could simply decide we wanted, who wouldn’t want to become more like Christ? If Christlikeness could be flipped on with a switch, why wouldn’t anyone make the change?
The only way we can truly be Christlike followers of God is through a relationship with Him. It is the infilling and the changing of the Holy Spirit that makes us more like Christ.
Not only will being full of the Spirit mold us into Christ, but the fact of the matter is, if we want to look like Jesus we must be full of the Spirit.
“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness” (Luke 4:1).
If we are to fulfill our call as Christian to be more and more like Jesus then being full of the Holy Spirit is a necessity. Not only because the Holy Spirit changes and molds us into Christ’s image, but because Christ Himself was full of the Spirit.
Being full of the Spirit and imitating Christ is God’s wish for you.
Asking the Spirit of God to permeate your life is one of the best decisions you can make.
Watch as God gives you a new, vibrant love for people and His creation. Be surprised by the joy that you feel in even the simplest of activities; it’s like being a kid again! Feel a peace that passes all understanding fill you through the good times and the bad. Experience self-control, gentleness, and patience that you never thought you had. Be kind and good in all things to all people. Find your faith in God renewed and strengthened like never before.
Become more like Christ.
Parents: Tell your children about God’s will for them to look more and more like Jesus. Tell them that the Holy Spirit will give them love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.