Jordan For Jesus #016 "Following Jesus" (Thursday Series) by Jordan Elizabeth on 2014-06-26 10:40:51
Christ-followers we are to follow Christ in every way. We are to be imitators of Christ and all that He is, and we shouldn't be imitators of this world. As Christ-followers, we should strive, twenty-four-seven, to look and be more like Jesus from the inside out.
We should be God's look-a-like. He shapes us into His image through His word and by sharing His word which is the gospel of Jesus Christ. We should reflect Christ and who He is continuously. We should constantly live our lives right, before the Lord, like we are His only follower, even if it means that we are the only ones living right before Him. Our aim shouldn't be to fit in with the world. It is completely impossible for Christ-followers to fit in with the world because they were not made for the world. They were made for Jesus! They are not of this world.
Jesus said, in the Bible, "They are not of this world just as I am not of this world." (John 17:16)
Jesus was referring to the body of Christ or the Christ-followers when He said they are not of this world just as I am not of this world. We were not made for this world but for the eternal kingdom of God. To imitate the world is evil but imitating Christ is what pleases God. We should obtain Christlikeness from the inside out. It is our destiny to become like Him completely.
"Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God." (3 John 1:11)
This is how we know the difference between the children of God and the children of the devil. We are not all on the same page. There is a difference between the world and those who follow Christ. The world is still lost in darkness and in sin desperately in need of Christ. Those who follow Christ have been redeemed by Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world.
Jesus said, in the Bible, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not remain in darkness but will have the light of life." (John 8:12)
If we are truly follow Christ the light we shine, from the inside out, should not be a reflection of the world's light that is fading. As Christ-followers, the light we shine, from the inside out, should be Jesus Christ. This is how the world will see that there truly is something different about us and that difference is Jesus. This is how our lives point the lost to Christ. This is how Christ reaches the lost souls in the world for Him and His glory.
Those who do not know Jesus see that there is something different about us and they wonder what it is. This is how Christ shines in us. It's not we that shine but Christ shines in us. Jesus is life and its point is to undeniably and unashamedly point to Jesus in every way and in everything by being used by God to advance His kingdom by spreading the gospel message which is Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, in the Bible, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone." (Mark 16:15)
If we are not following Christ in every way and in everything we cannot reach the lost and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in every way. We must be completely ready to be used by God so that the Holy Spirit will fully shine in and through us.
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