Behold Your God — Week Nine, Day Two

26 Jul

None of us can do what Jesus did. Only Jesus could come to this earth and live a perfect life and die on the cross as a substitute for sinful people. Only Jesus could be an acceptable sacrifice to God. None of us can do what Jesus did.

But every believer can live the way Jesus lived. In other words, though we can’t do what Jesus did we can live with the same kind of love and humility and boldness and purpose with which He lived. Why? Because He abides in us. Because God has given us the Holy Spirit. Because “we have everything we need for life and godliness” and because “the grace of God that brings salvation . . . teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live upright, self-controlled and godly lives in this present evil age.”

We can live substantially in the way that Jesus lived. In fact, this is our calling as disciples of Jesus. “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for one another.” And “whoever claims to abide in Him must walk as Jesus walked.”

The chief characteristic of Jesus’ walk that we are called to is humility. “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, did not consider equality with God a thing to be grasped but made Himself nothing, taking on the form of a servant. A being found in appearance as a man He humbled Himself to the point of death, even death on the cross.”

Humility. Not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less. Pursuing humility is a fool’s errand. As soon as you chase it down, you become proud of your successful pursuit. Humility is a by-product of being close to Jesus. Humility is inevitable in those who really behold their God. Every time you see some one really in the presence of God in the Bible, you see humility. So if you want to be a person who lives like Jesus, if you want to be a person of humility, stay close to Jesus today.

Scripture references used in this article:  2 Peter 1:3,4; Titus 2:11-15; 1 John 3:16; 1 John 2:6; Philippians 2:5-11

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