Being Christ-like. That’s one of those cool Christian terms. It is not too hard to decipher, though. We should strive to be just like Jesus Christ. He lived a perfect life and set the perfect example for how we should live. So we should try to be like Him in every aspect of our lives, right? I’m not so sure.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 NIV)
Talk about consistent. Jesus is the same every day. Always has been. Always will be. That’s an amazing quality that gives us a fighting chance at understanding who He is and what that means for our relationship. However, I do not believe that is a trait that we should mimic.
As we mature in our faith, we should be constantly growing, changing, and developing into the child of God that we were created to be. When we accept Christ into our lives, we become a new creation that should always be seeking to become more full of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. While we should be consistent in our pursuit of God, transformation should be a staple in the life of any Christian. We should be constantly growing closer to God and becoming a better reflection of who He is.
Do me a favor. If you see me in six months and I am the same person that I am today, you have my permission to punch me in the stomach. I do not want to become stagnant. Unlike Christ, I want to be different than I was yesterday, different tomorrow, and different every day for the rest of my time on earth. I feel like my best shot at becoming more like Christ is to do the one thing He never will…change.
Is change a consistent part of your walk with God?