Are Christians supposed to “be like Christ”?

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We sing, “Lord, I want to be just like You; I want to do the things that you do.”

We tell each other, “I am trying to be more like Christ.”

We wear obtuse bracelets that remind us to ask, “What would Jesus do?”

But what do these statements imply? Are we really called to be like Jesus? Is that why He came to earth? Did He come to set a good example, and show us how to live?

How can we believe that we are to “be more like Christ” while also believing that Jesus is God; that Jesus lived a perfect life. That is double-minded thinking.

So, no, I don’t think we are called to be like God.

Who is the one who wants to be like God? . . . Well, the one who said:

“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”  (Isaiah 14:14)

Satan’s objective for the past 6,000 years has been to be like the Most High God. That intention of the devil is where evil and sin originated.

Then why did Jesus come to earth?

His coming to earth taught us that we are wretched sinners in need of a Savior. His coming to earth taught us that we can’t be anything like God! His coming to earth revealed to us our desperate need for His mercy and grace to save us from eternal death.

If you’re not saved, you may be wondering why Christians insist that you need to turn to Jesus. You need Jesus because only He can solve the ‘sin and death’ problem that you have. His coming to earth was the resolution of that very serious problem.

He came to earth …

  1. To fulfill the prophetic promise in Genesis 3 that was spoken to Adam and Eve that the Messiah would “crush the head of Satan.”
  2. To solve the two problems that were created in the Garden of Eden:  sin and spiritual death. 1) They sinned, and then 2) they died. God was telling the truth when He told them, “in the very day that you eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you will die.”
  3. To provide forgiveness.  His death paid for the sins of the world (because the wages of sin is death); only God Himself had a life worth giving; His life — His blood — was an acceptable sacrificial offering.
  4. To offer the restoration of life.  His resurrection from the dead made His Holy Spirit available once again to people (just as it was originally given to Adam and Eve when God breathed His life into them).

If you think about the items in this list, I hope you will see that you cannot accomplish any of those things; I hope you can let go of the unattainable goal to “be like Christ.” It’s time to give up; let the burden fall away.

Live in reality. Let God be God, and you . . . you can just be yourself.  If you, my dear Christian brother or sister, believe that you are supposed to be like Christ:  LET IT GO.

April 10, 2016

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