Be Like Jesus?
1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. —Ephesians 5:1-2
Have you ever found yourself on the edge of temptation where you are a moment away from sinning against God? The answer is a resounding yes! It could be in the dark hours of the night at home, in a meeting at work, or even when that person at the checkout steals your place in line. Temptation can arrive at any moment to battle over our affection for Christ.
We all know intimately the brief satisfaction when we jump off the cliff and give in to sin, then the crushing blow of shame awaits us at the bottom. Why? Did we fall merely because we did not act the way we were called to by Christ? Here is the truth. Overcoming temptation is not only about doing what you are supposed to do; it is about being who you are supposed to be. And we need to be like Jesus.
When temptation arises we need to ask ourselves this simple but profound question, “Do I want to be like Jesus?” The honest answer might grieve us. It is honesty that unveils, in that moment, that our affection for sin and self is greater than our love for Christ. The only reason why it exists is because temptation found us living in our own strength, and not in Christ’s. Apart from Jesus we can do nothing (John 15:5).
Our preemptive strike is to be imitators of God, as “beloved children,” who continuously “walk in love” as Christ loved us. In other words, we want to be like Christ when we love Christ most. If temptation finds us walking in the love of Christ, we will not sacrifice love for momentary pleasure, because our desire to be like Him is something we well not let go.
When Christ gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God, He sacrificed His righteousness by becoming sin. We must sacrifice our sin to become righteousness, and it begins with the simple question, “Do I want to be like Jesus?”
For when the battle for our affections is at hand, Christ is standing there reminding us of His love for us, and calling us to love Him. —John Cox
What are the things in my life I must sacrifice to be like Jesus?
What are the top ten things I love most about Christ? How can I incorporate these things into my life on a daily basis?
Prayer - Father, I know Your desire for me to be like You. You transform me every day. You want me to love what You love and hate what You hate. Many times I have failed You. Thank You for Your constant love and forgiveness of me. May I never use the power of Your forgiveness to justify sinning, but may it draw me closer to You, so that when temptation comes I may boldly proclaim, “I want to be like Jesus!” In Jesus’ name, Amen.