To know Jesus and to be like Him is the best and the greatest achievement in life. No accomplishment, achievement or goal is more attractive and more to be desired than this. As we learned from Pastor Gideon’s message last Sunday, the reason this is true is because Jesus is the loveliest Person ever! But what makes Him so lovely and attractive that knowing Him and being like Him is the greatest achievement in life?
Here is the answer: Jesus had an amazing purpose. Every move in His life was purposeful. He lived purposefully and not aimlessly. He was driven by the purpose of doing and fulfilling His Father’s will (John 6:38). Second, Jesus had amazing power over all temptation and evil. No temptation and no evil was too difficult for Him to overcome and because of this, the writer of the book of Hebrews says that Jesus is able to help those (like you and me) who are being tempted (Hebrews 2:18). And lastly, Jesus’ life had amazing paradoxes. He was both full of truth and full of grace (see John 1:14). He was both majestic and humble at the same time (Philippians 2:5-11). He was (and is) Master of the universe, yet He served instead of being served (see John 13). And the list could go on and on.
Jesus is not only our Saviour; He is and ought to be our Model and Master. We are to follow His steps because being like Him is the best and coolest thing ever. Christlikeness is the goal of the Christian life which means it is the goal of your life and my life. I challenge you to make His purpose (doing God’s will) your life purpose. I encourage you to depend on His power to overcome your temptation and to defeat evil with good. May His paradoxes of grace and truth characterize the way you relate to those around you everyday. Let Him live through you so that when others look at you they may see Jesus instead of you.
Point To Ponder:
God never conceals His expectations from us. We never have to guess how we should live. He says, “Mankind, He has told you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 (HCSB)