I would like to speak to you about Christlikeness. Some may not know what it is meant. I even believe that some of the younger adults that may be babes in christ will benefit from this message today. If you have young adult girls that you can maybe e-mail or send them to this site to view this message I believe that it will be a blessing.
So what is meant by "Christlikeness"?
In the book of Luke: 9:23 Jesus said to the crowd, "if any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily and follow me." One of my sisters in christ and she is also my step mom taught on this at bible study last week. It was a really good message. When I am seeking God to have messages for my members and for those who may be coming through the site I stopped on this subject. Christlikeness. When I was new in my christian walk years ago I wanted to really know what is it to really be like him. How can I be like him, and is it actually possible. When our pastors talk about christ and how we need to be more like him, be transformed into his image we sometimes tell ourselves that it is easier said than done. For many years it was easier said than done. I want to encourage you today that it can be easily done. I don't want it to take you many years as it took me so Iwant to share some points with you.
You may ask how can this be easy.? What makes it easy is a made up mind. Often decisions are hard for us because our minds are not totally made up yet. For example just the other day I went to an outlet mall, there were so many things that I wanted but I know I had a certain amount of money Iwanted to spend. I had to choose between a owl necklace and some long colorful socks that I love to wear to bed. The owl necklace and the pack of sock were the same price but It was so hard to make the decision because I did not want one more than the other, I wanted them both the same. It took be 10 minutes to decide what I was going to do and it was hard because my mind was not totally made. Finally I made the decision of what Iwanted to do. I finally made up my mind that I really wanted the owl necklace more if I had to make the decision. The same is with out realationship with Christ. We have to have our minds totally made up that we want to serve him and be just like him.
Christ is the ultimate example of how to live a life pleasing to God. If you pattern your life after him, you will please God. To be like Christ is your goal. You want to think his thoughts, show his attitudes, and live as he would live here on earth today. He wants us to pattern his ways so that it can be easy to please God. He did not leave us without an example on how to do this. We just have to follow the example he had given us and stop trying to do it on our own and out of our own will.
Luke 6:36 You must ne compassionate, justas your father is compassionate.
A compassionate lifestyle is a sign of Christlikeness
John 13:14-15 Since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each others feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.
Is he stating that we should go and wash feet all day? No not neccessarily but he want us to be compassionate and show love toward one another just as he did his diciples.
1peter 2:21. 23 God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps...He did not retaliate when he was insulted, or threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.
A life of humble service is a neccessary part of Christlikeness.
Now that we have learned what is meant about "Christlikeness" and why it is is often hard to do so and that we must have our minds made up, I want to teach you on how to become like Christ.
2Corinthians 3:18 All of us who [ believe in Christ] can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord - who is the Spirit- makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
Ephesians 4:15 We will speak the turth in love, growing in every way more and mroe like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.
Phillippians 1:6 God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ returns.
Know that the work of the Lord is a daily and continual work. He will continue to make you more like his son everyday until you leave this earth. The work never stops, you never become too good that you do not need his work done in you anymore. Remember eariler in the message in Luke 6:36 he tells us to take up our cross daily and follow him. You have to do it daily. As someone put it what is our cross? The cross are those things that keep us seperated from him. Our thoughts toward one another, our actions, our motives in life, our attitudes all the things that does not display "Christ" are what we have to take up. We know that we can't stop these things on our own so we have to take them, pick them up and give them to him. God's spirit is the only one that can do the change and work in our lives to transform us into his likeness. you become more like Christ be carefully studying how he lived and loved. When you invite him to work his powerful love through you, you will begin to reflect his character.
Father in the Name of Jesus, I thank you that you did not leave me doomed but you left and example for me so that I can have a realtionship with you. you left your Precious Son and your instructions are to be more like him. I thank you that having a Christlike character is available to me. I pray that in the areas where I am not displaying Christlikeness, your Holy Spirit show me so that I can repent and make that my goal. Help me to be more like your Son. In Jesus name I pray Amen.