Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Looking Like Jesus

Let's get back to this morning's issue: What are the marks of a true follower of Jesus?

As I thought about it, I came up with what I think are the three main questions (and a few supporting ones) we need to ask ourselves.

Question 1: Is my Personality becoming more like Jesus’ Personality? If you’re curious, I think the best Biblical description of His personality is in 1 Corinthians 13: Love is patient, love is kind, etc. But His personality was also sinless and worshipful. Is God removing sin from my life and replacing it with His character and a desire to be in His presence?

Question 2: Are my Priorities becoming more and more like Jesus’ Priorities? Am I becoming less self-centered and more others-centered? Do I love my neighbor like I love myself? Am I concerned with the welfare of the weak, helpless and mistreated? And does that concern translate into proactive service?

Question 3: Do my Passions mirror Jesus’ Passions? Am I driven to bring glory to God? To bring people to God? To give up my life to help others find true life? And am I exercising true faith (aka, willing to take risks and be uncomfortable) to accomplish these things?

Okay, I don’t exactly get an A+ myself on that test and I see lots of areas where I need to get to work. But here’s the kicker. As I look back over my life as a Jesus Follower, I can see God growing me in all of these areas.

But if I showed no real progress in any of these areas over my lifetime as a “Christian”, would it really be accurate for me to call myself a Follower of Jesus, whether I’d spent those years in church or not?

1 comment:

Kim said...

I'm so glad you added the last two paragraphs. To be more like Jesus feels like climbing the tallest mountain. There is such a huge climb ahead, it seems impossible to get to the top. But you are right, if you turn around and look at where you were, you should find that you actually already started the climb.