“Be like JESUS”
That’s what it says on a sign outside a Catholic school close to my house. But where does that idea come from? Sure, many of us believe in Jesus, but why should we be like him?
Late in the 1st century the apostle John warned that if we claim to know God but don’t follow his commands we’re liars. (He’s doesn’t really water it down, does he?) He writes, “Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6)
In light of this, our lives should always be evolving toward obedience. So that we’re more and more like Jesus.
I find that idea inspiring… and intimidating! That’s why I like to break it down into more digestible chunks. If we’re going to be like Jesus, it’s helpful to ask more specifically about the kinds of things he did. So what did he do? Well, he certainly healed people and fed people and brought them peace. But he also taught them about God’s kingdom and life-giving ways.
So one of the things you can do to be more like Jesus is to teach others about God’s kingdom and life-giving ways.
You don’t have to have a degree or run a classroom or discussion group. But you do have to make yourself more familiar with Jesus’ teachings. Then you can humbly bring that wisdom into your conversations… with your kids, your parents, your siblings, and your friends.
Maybe someone will ask your advice about something. Maybe a question will come up. Maybe there will be an opportunity to share some knowledge in a way that makes a real difference in someone’s daily life.
When it happens, you’ll know.
This might take you outside of your comfort zone a little bit. But that’s okay. The comfort zone is kind of boring and crowded anyway.
Jesus told others about God’s kingdom and life-giving ways. And if you humbly learn and bring that wisdom into your conversations…
So can you.
By Matthew Ruttan
- Yesterday I published a new blog: “When a parent dies too soon. 3 people share what they miss most and the advice they’d give everyone else.” It’s a personal one for me and I really appreciate the wisdom other people shared. You can read it here. Enjoy!