10 Ways to Become More Like Christ.
He is in you but, most of the time you don’t act like Him or talk like Him. When we compare ourselves to Jesus we fall short. Some days it’s not even close.
The same thing happened to Paul in the Bible. Paul said he did the things that he didn’t want to do and the things that he wanted to do he didn’t do them.
Want to know something amazing?
God sees your heart; God sees you trying and He loves that you try to be more like Jesus every day.
So, by studying the life of Jesus, we can find 10 important characteristics about His character. When we make these characteristics part of our lives we become more like Christ.
The more you work on these areas, the more like Jesus you will be.
10 Ways to Become More Like Christ
1. Unconditional Love
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13
The King of the Universe, The Creator of all things gave up His throne, His beauty, His glory and His position to come and die for you and me.
There were no conditions to His love, He died for the murderer, for the rapist, for the liar, for the homosexual. With His body he paid the price and endured the punishment that was meant for you and I. He did it to save us because He loved us even though we didn’t deserve His love.
Are you loving unconditionally? Do you love the beggar the same way that you love the pastor in your church?
How about that family member or that lady at work that makes your life miserable? Do you love them with all your heart? Would you give your life for them if it was necessary?
Every single born again believer can love the way that God has asked us to. The Word of God says that The Love Of God has been shed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. So, God’s love is already inside of you, you just have to bring it out.
Love like Jesus did, love the sinner. Your love is a testimony of God’s love for them.
2. Prayerful Life
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. -Luke 5:16
Jesus spent time daily with The Father in prayer. Jesus knew how important it was to be connected and have a personal relationship with The Father.
You can only have a personal relationship with someone you spend time with.
Is spending time in prayer with The Lord a priority in your life?
Do you remember God only when you are in trouble or when you are about to go to bed? Or do you have constant communication with Him?
Remember, He is always with you. He loves to hear your voice. Talk to God every day, all day; that’s all prayer is: having a conversation with God.
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” – Luke 23:24
They put a crown of thorns on His head. They nailed Him to the cross and were casting lots on his clothes. Jesus could’ve opened His mouth and called a thousand angels. In His mouth He had the power to end it all.
But He only opened his mouth to ask for forgiveness for those who were crucifying him.
It is not easy to forgive someone that has hurt you or a loved one deeply. It’s not easy but with God’s help you can do it.
You must do it.
The Bible tells us that we must forgive if we want to be forgiven. So, forgiveness is not a suggestion, forgiveness is a command.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. – Mark 10:45
Even though Jesus was the King of Kings He didn’t come to be served as a King. He came to serve.
A lot of people get humility wrong. Being humble doesn’t mean that you are a wimp or that you put yourself down and let people walk all over you.
Being humble is surrendering yourself under the mighty hand of God. Knowing that you are His child and that you are here on Earth to love and to serve others. Being humble is putting God and His will first. To treat and to love others as you would like them to treat you, and be a servant.
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5. Jesus studied The Word of God
When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. -Luke 2:45-46
Jesus was just a little boy in this story, and He was “lost” for 3 days. Where was He?
He was at church, listening and studying The Word of God. This story is not written just to add extra adventures to the life of Jesus. This story is written to show us how important it is for us to study the Bible.
When Jesus was tempted by the devil, every single one of his responses were The Word of God. He used it as a sword against the devil and He won.
The same way, we need to study the Bible, so we can be spiritually strong and learn how to use the best weapon we have against the devil.
But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. -Matthew 9:36
Jesus was moved with compassion for the people that He came to save.
Compassion means sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
In the world we live right now, people only worry about themselves and “what is in it for me?”
We have become so self-absorbed that we have forgotten to have compassion for other people.
Compassion is not something that you practice during Christmas time. We must be compassionate 365 days per year, it should be part of who we are. Being compassionate makes you more like Christ.
7. Seek First the Kingdom of God
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6:33
Jesus devoted His life to the work of the ministry, to do His Father’s will which was to bring the kingdom of God to this earth.
Are you making the Kingdom of God a priority in your life? in your house? with your family?
What are you doing to fulfill the great commission that Jesus told us to do? After all, fulfilling the great commission is God’s will for your life.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. -Mathew 28:19
He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. – Acts 8:32
Even in the most difficult moment of His life, Jesus exercised self-control. With just one word all His suffering could’ve ended, but He had self-control and stayed focused on doing the job that He came here to do.
The Christian life is difficult, whether we like it or not we will encounter hardships.
Self-control is what’s going to keep you holding on to your faith and trust God.
Self-control will keep you from falling into sin.
Self-control will keep you from being run over by your feelings and your circumstances.
Self-control will keep you rooted and grounded on the Word of God.
Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!” And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” – Mark 1:23
Jesus knew who He was and the authority he had. He rebuked demons, He spoke and calmed the storms, He ordered sickness and diseases to leave. He exercised His authority as Son of God.
Guess what? You have authority too!
The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is in you. You are a child of God, just like Jesus and you have authority too.
Jesus said “speak to your mountains” He didn’t say cry and beg me to remove your mountains. He was saying “use your authority and speak to your situation like I did.”
Know who you are in Christ and use your authority!
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. – Philippians 2:8
Jesus was obedient and surrendered Himself to the will of the Father.
Obedience can be hard, it can be scary, it requires lots of faith. But obedience is greatly rewarded.
Remember, God doesn’t want your sacrifice, He wants your obedience.
Obedience brings blessing.
Lastly, becoming like Jesus takes time and discipline. Don’t get discouraged when you don’t act like you should. Humble yourself before The Lord and ask for help.
Even if you fail today, get yourself back up, and keep your eyes on Jesus. Study Him, treasure His words in your heart, and follow His example and every day you will be more like Christ.
Carolina is a Christian Blogger at http://www.ourkingdomculture.com. She is also a wife, a mom of 2 boys and a freelance writer. She studied Biblical and Ministerial Studies at Harvest School of Ministry. She loves to disciple women and help them develop a personal relationship with The Lord so they can fulfill their purpose as moms, wives, and daughters of God.
For more on this topic, see the post Simple Ways to Love Others as Christ Loves Us.