But what does that mean?
“Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
To Be Like…The Same As…
But what does that mean?
One answer is found in Acts 10:38 and gives a “full scope” answer…
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”
To be like Him:
- Anointed with the Holy Spirit’s power
- Doing good everywhere He went
- Healing (mending) those beaten down and oppressed
I am a big supporter of physical miracles, healing, and releasing people from a demonic grip. I practice and teach that aspect. [Make no mistake about it] However…
I also firmly believe that a Christian can be at the forefront of “power works” and miss the majority of what “being like Jesus” – or – “Re-Presenting Jesus” is all about.
Going to church, paying your tithes, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School classes, attending seminars, etc, etc, etc. _______________ (fill in the blank with the favored activities of your christian community subculture.) These all have the potential of being valid.
However, I believe one can do a lot of religio-spiritual activity – as defined by your christian community subculture – and not be very much like Jesus was, or is, at all.
To be like Jesus is about putting yourself – on purpose – in the line of fire, standing for the worth of a woman (as He did) who had been condemned as a whore and thrown in the dirt to be executed.
To be like Jesus is to purposely engage in something more than spend hours a day on Facebook thinking you are taking a stand with Jesus by posting graphics and sayings about how much you love Jesus. (sarcasm intended).
To be like Jesus is to climb down off a religiously haughty high horse and literally “touch the leper.”
To be like Jesus takes balls. [ooop, did I just type that out loud?]
To be like Jesus is boots-on-the-ground, dirt-under-the-nails, [at least figuratively speaking], “not-on-my-watch devil” involvement. That diamond has many unique facets. One size does not fit all. But…dynamic rather than passive engagement.
To be like Jesus is being a voice for those who don’t have their own voice…
To be like Jesus can be a myriad things…but many, most likely, on the other side of your “chicken line.”
To be like Jesus, however, is not simply being a “do-gooder.” Any fool with half a conscience can do that.
To be like Jesus is doing good and changing communities (often one face at a time) in naturally supernatural ways. The Holy Spirit’s partnership is vital. Like, I mean, partnering with Him…on purpose.