More Like Him…

I was recently watching an interview with Michael W Smith, and the phrase he said that struck me most was “My goal is to be more like Him [Jesus Christ]”. All too often we (or at least I) struggle with advancing ourselves — our ambitions, goals, and dreams. When we really step back and look though — is that the best idea? In my 19 years of being alive, I have learned (among other things) that doing what we think is best generally always ends in disaster.

Our worldly desires and ambitions will lead to sorrow, grief, and pain. Because most of us have to learn lessons the hard way, we have to experience that pain first hand before surrendering. I am sure most of you have heard the phrase, “What would Jesus do?” In fact, you have probably heard it so many times that you forget the power behind it. Many times asking this question can give you the answer to a difficult circumstance. Let’s give an example. One of the things that I have been working on the past few months is pride. It is so easy for me to start thinking of how “amazing” I am, and if I am not careful I will start forgetting about God and start relying on my own “strength” which quickly leads to disaster. When the disaster comes I turn to God and again, but then a short time later the same thing happens. I like to call it the “pride cycle.” There are several techniques that can be used to get out of the “pride cycle.” First, think of your talents and abilities as blessings from God. In your prayers, thank God for His many blessings on your life. Be sure to think of all the other people around the world who are much less fortunate than you and do not have the blessings and opportunities that you have. Realize that God is the one who has bestowed talents on you in the first place, and without Him, you would not even be in existence.

Next, in order to become more like Him, we must show love and kindness toward others on a regular basis. If this is not something that you usually do, it can definitely be difficult at first. I Corinthians 13:1 states, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” In other words, you could be an amazing, talented, and successful person, but if you do not show love [charity] it is all worthless. Here are some ways you can show more kindness to others today.

  1. Go out of your way, and greet someone you don’t usually greet at work or when you are out and about doing errands.
  2. Give a card to someone you know who is going through a hard time, whether that be the death of family member, surgery, financial trouble, etc.
  3. Write a list down of 5 – 10 specific people you can pray for each day and let them know you are praying for them.
  4. Bake some cookies for your neighbors and give them out even if it is not Christmas time.

Finally, you must guard your character and reputation in an effort to become more like Him. This is probably one of the most important components in becoming more like Him. All of the efforts mentioned above will not make much of an impact if your character is not right at the core. You must have integrity, loyalty, and honesty in order to follow closely in the footsteps of God.

What are your thoughts on becoming more like Him? Let me know in the comments section below.