Strive To Be Like Christ
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NLT)
If there’s one thing about Christianity that I find most annoying and hypocritical is Sunday Morning Christians. I’m talking about the type of people who are Christians one day a week. After the message is finished, after worship is over, after they’ve hung out with their crush for a few hours. They get up and go home, leaving their faith at Church.
I believe DC Talk said it best. “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today… is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is simply what an unbelieving world finds unbelievable.”
Now in no way am I saying that I’m not guilty of this. I’m a hypocrite, I’m a sinner. We all are, and the beauty of it all is that there is a God who wants better for us, He wants us to strive to be like Him.
I truly believe that if we lived in a world full of “Christians” that ACTUALLY did what God tells us to do, to read and live out what the bible says, we would have a different and better world.
There really isn’t much to do and it’s pretty clear in the bible. Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give to the poor, visit the lonely, etc… (Matthew 25:35-40, Isaiah 58:6-11)
When we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, when we ask God to come into our lives, we must truly believe in and live out our commitment to God. That means to allow God to change our lives. We need to throw away all of the wordly things that we do.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NLT)
We must glorify God in everything we do. We need to share the gospel, we need to be getting out into our communities and show others what living like Christ truly means. (Mark 16:15)
David is a great example of the Christian we should be like. Yeah, he had his flaws. He committed adultery, he committed murder and he even tried to run from God. But in the end, David knew that he had one purpose on earth. To glorify God. We need to be a man/woman after Gods own heart. Just like David.
He danced in the streets, he praised God’s name day and night, he sang songs to God. He loved Him with all of his heart. We need to be like that. We need to praise God 24/7. Just not at church.
The world should not know that we are Christians just by our words, but also by our actions and our lifestyle. We need to imitate Christ, we need to follow in his footsteps.
“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. (Ephesians 5:1, 2 NLT)
It’s very hard to be Christ-Like in a world that is not Christ-Centered. That’s why we need to be in fellowship with other Christians besides Sunday mornings. We need to be spiritually fed more than once a week. Being involved in a bible study is great but so is diving in the Word. Reading Gods Word helps me stay focused during the week. It helps me remember that I’m not a christian just on Sunday, but everyday.
I cannot get through the week without some kind of a daily Holy “pick-me-up.” I often get discouraged or upset throughout the week and I know that when I get into the Word I feel much better.
Like I said in my previous blog post. We can’t do anything alone, we need God. The world needs God and that’s why we need to be the Christians that God calls us to be.
Ask yourself this question. Do you read the bible? Do you read the bible and believe what is says? Do you live out what it says or do you accept the “Terms and Conditions” like you did on Facebook? AKA you didn’t actually read them nor actually agree with them you just wanted what was at the end…a Facebook account or in this case a “God Account”, you don’t necessarily want to use it all the time but you want it there when its convenient for you. Do you take in Gods word and allow it to change you or do you just want God when it’s convenient for you?
Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. (1 John 2:6 NLT)