Jesus always had a connection with people. He always saw their needs and impacted them in some way. How can we be like Jesus?
Jesus’ actions came from who he was. He wasn’t trying to “act” a certain way, he wasn’t trying to impress people. Who we are results in actions, either doing the right thing or not.
Jesus calls us to “be” he wants to take us beyond just the actions that we do. We don’t just “crank up our level of holiness.”
1 Corinthians 2:16 – what is the “mind of Christ?” How can we be like Christ and have his mind?
Philippians 2:5-8 – There are several things we can learn about Christ’s mind and his perspective about life.
Jesus was not focused on himself. When he was in the garden and facing his death he was focused on the needs of others and his Father’s desire for him to go through with the sacrifice of his very life.
Jesus served many different people in many different ways. He healed. He taught. He fed. He lead. Paul talked about being a “slave to all men.” Christ, in his service got right in on peoples level.
Christ was also humble. We are called to be humble as well. We tend to think that we have things figured out and struggle to be humble. Humility goes a long way in building relationships and connections with people.
Jesus was obedient to the extreme. We need to obey, not just because it is the right thing to do but also because we have a heart to obey.
John 15:1-7 – Christ should be abiding in us… not just us abiding in him! Christs Spirit should be in us. Christ’s spirit within us gives us the ability to be like Jesus.
The Scripture is alive and working. We need to have God’s word dwelling in us. It is the anchor for our lives, that we can go back to time and time again as a foundation for our lives.
Christs joy is also to dwell in us! We need to guard against becoming too accustomed to the “things of salvation.” A secure future is a big deal! This should bring us joy.
Christ calls us to “be,” not just to “do.”