Many people spend so much of their lives looking for their PURPOSE. Not saying that one’s purpose is easy to find, but it can only be truly found through seeking God. Please read part 2 of the series ‘What on Earth Am I Here For’ if you have not already.
Growing up, we all wanted to be just like somebody. Little girls more than likely want to be just like their moms. They put on their heels and jewelry and try to model around the house. Little boys often walk, talk, and even sit just like their dad. Many basketball players wanted to be ‘Like Mike’. Even now, as adults, we know people who aspire to be like the President, this actor, or that preacher.
But are you aspiring to be more like Christ? Yes, part of your purpose is to become more and more like Christ.
Another part of your purpose is to not be like you, but like Christ.
God’s plan was to make you more and more like His Son. Not more and more like someone else. In Ephesians 4:22-24, we are told that we were created for righteousness and holiness like God. That is part of our individual purpose! To become more and more like Christ.
Please do not ever get confused as to think you will be God. That’s the lie that Satan told Eve which introduced sin to the world in the first place. Pastor Rick Warren says in Purpose Driven Life, “God doesn’t want you to become a god; He wants you to become godly-taking on His values, attitudes, and character.”
Becoming like Christ does not happen overnight. Not even over a few nights. This is a process that can only be done with the help of the Holy Spirit. You won’t be able to become like the perfect, sinless Christ on your own.
When you join into God’s family by accepting Jesus Christ, there are many wonderful benefits. Although the benefits should not be the driving force of salvation, they cannot be denied. God is the King of Kings. When you accept Jesus as your Savior, you are now joined with the King.
Well what does ‘Becoming Like Christ’ look like?
1. Being like Christ, you are submissive.
One of the hardest things sometimes for us to do, well I know for me, is to not do things my way. Christ was submissive to the will of God for His life.(Luke 22:42b). Personally, it gets difficult to not do things the way I want to do them because I think I know what’s best for me.
Truth is, God knows what’s best for me and will always lead me in the best way possible. I would do you an injustice to say that I always understand, and it’s always easy to submit. I don’t always understand. It isn’t always easy to give up on what I want. God isn’t asking us to understand. He is asking us to submit to Him. We will never understand everything that He asks us to do, we just have to obey.
2. Like Christ, you learn to serve.
Service equals selflessness. When you serve someone else, you are no longer worried about your own comfort, but theirs. By serving someone else, their needs become more important than yours. You go out of your way to make sure they are taken care of. Just like what Christ did for us. In no way was He selfish with is service.
Jesus came to serve. Jesus became poor so that we could be rich. (serve) Christ showed us that service is more than just an attitude. It requires action. Just as Jesus served, we are to serve one another.
3. Like Christ, you make a sacrifice.
I’m sorry I had to use such a strong word: SACRIFICE. When we give ourselves or something as a sacrifice, that means it costs us something valuable. If it didn’t cost anything, then you were just de-cluttering. You didn’t want it anyway.
It takes submissiveness and servitude to sacrifice. It cost His life to make sure we could have salvation. Just as Christ gave Himself as a sacrifice, we are to do the same. (Ephesians 5:1-2) For example, true love of our brothers and sisters requires sacrifice.
By becoming like Christ, we are literally putting down our habits, ways, and thoughts, and picking up His. (Ephesians 4:22) God’s purpose for each of us is to develop a character like Christ: submissiveness, servitude, and sacrifice.
Developing the character of Christ will keep you in your purpose.
Submit your will to God. That’s worship. Serve Him and His people. That’s service. Give of yourself what costs you something. That’s sacrifice. By doing so, you are fulfilling your purpose in becoming like Christ.
Who are you like the most? If not Christ, why?
The line ‘What on earth am I here for?’ may be familiar to you. It was taken from Pastor Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life In this book, Warren says that our purpose is to be part of God’s family.
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