Being Christ like is indeed the greatest honor yet also is not easy. Even though salvation and being Christ like is a free gift, it isn’t cheap. The One Who took on your sin, Who was beaten beyond recognition, Who was totally innocent when we were the ones guilty, went all the way for you and paid it all in your place on the cross (the greatest injustice in the history of man). I know many claim to be Christ like, and would agree it is an honorable thing to want to be like Jesus, but do we take time to count the cost about what it really means to be Christ like? The One Who taught to turn the other cheek and then did just that time and time again; the One Who taught to forgive 70 x’s 7 times (infinite times), and did just that when He cried out on the cross dying for your sins and mine, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” The One Who taught to deny self, and did just that when He cried out “not my will, but thine be done” the night before His arrest; the One who taught to take up your cross and did just that, even death on the cross. Paul shared what it included to be like Christ in Philippians 2:3-8.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
To be honest, that is tough and not something man naturally desires on his or her own, but if we’ve been made alive spiritually by God’s power when we placed our faith in Jesus it’s possible, and should be our desire since God Himself lives within us through the Holy Spirit.
Like many who stopped following Jesus when they found out what it really meant to follow Him (Luke 6:60-70), many today claim to be interested in following Jesus until they find out what is involved. As person after person walked away from Jesus, Jesus looked to his 12 closest followers and asked them if they too wanted to leave, Peter responded, “to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” What an answer! We truly have no one else to turn to. So yes, being Christlike is not easy, but really there is no one else to turn to for eternal life. So let’s be like Christ and let Christ be our reason to do what our Lord and Savior taught and even lived out Himself. Let’s make sure Christ is our example. Turn your eyes on the One Who gave His all so we could even have the honor of being like Him. He’s enough. He satisfies. If someone or something else is your focus then you’ll be disappointed. Let’s make sure that we are “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). It really is true that when our focus is on Jesus it changes everything. Lord help us. Time is running out and the only thing that matters is You are coming again and we all need to be ready. There is a chaotic world filled with people looking for real hope who desperately needs to see in Christ followers that Jesus truly is “the way, the truth, and the life.” I’m sure if you have read this thus far you probably feel like I do, I want to take as many with me to heaven as possible. Nothing else really matters.