Who Wants To Be Like Jesus?

humanity2The old gospel chorus echos the desire, “To be like Jesus, to be like Jesus, all I ask, to be like Him…”

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:

  1. Anointed with the Holy Spirit’s power
  2. Doing good everywhere He went
  3. 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.

Gary

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