Becoming more like Jesus Christ can be an intimidating thought when we think about it. The Creator of heaven and earth is the resurrected Savior for all humankind.
Jesus has us here on earth to be a representation of who He is. I am humbled and thankful that He is always by my side.
He desires to mold us to be more like Him. (Romans 8:29) Yes, there are tumultuous trials. We also face spiritual warfare daily. But there is something so remarkable and life-transforming as we seek to live like Jesus!
How to Be Like Jesus
Based on my experiences over the past several years since the stroke, I want to share with you Seven AMAZING Benefits in becoming more like Jesus every day!
For those whom He foreknew, He predestined to be conformed to the image of His son; so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29.
1st Benefit. A Relationship with God through Jesus
Jesus Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sins when He died for us on the cross. Through His resurrection and our acceptance of Jesus as our Savior, we can have unfettered access to our Heavenly Father. As we read His word daily and reach out to Him in prayer, He communicates His will and desires for our lives and helps us understand our purpose for His glory!
For if while we were enemies; we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more being reconciled we shall be saved by His life.” Romans 5:10.
2nd Benefit. A Renewed Mind.
When spending quality time communicating with God and studying His word, our mind changes. Our thoughts become more Christ-like as we grow spiritually. The things we speak, think and do are transformed as our mind becomes saturated with God’s word.
And that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and put on the new self which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” Ephesians 4:23-24.
3rd Benefit. A Rejuvenated Spirit.
It was not until after my mind began to renew while lying in the hospital that God rejuvenated my spirit. I had a ravenous HUNGER to know more about Him and learn why He allowed me to survive. I was HUMBLED when I realized His unconditional love for me. Directing me off the dangerous path, I was headed down. There will always be trials and tribulations in our lives, but when we remember all that Christ has done for us, our hearts should shout with joy!
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:3. NIV
4th Benefit. A Renovated Heart.
A word of warning! This benefit may cause us to endure necessary pain as God peels away the residue of habitual or hidden sins. The things in our life that displease and dishonor Him. These renovations can take time. A lot depends on our willingness to change and our stubbornness holding on to obstacles that hinder us from fulfilling His will for our lives. God replaces what we thought was something we needed with His unfailing love and divine strength to overcome anything.
And the hope of God does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts which was given to us through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:4-5.
5th Benefit. A Reconstructed Future.
Having accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, we have the promise of spending eternity in Heaven with Him. He wants to bless us not only in Heaven someday but right now as we seek to live for Him. The Prosperity of His Peace, the Goodness of His Grace, and the Moments of His Mercy are all bountiful blessings that we can receive right now as we live for Him!
In my Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you and will come again and receive unto myself that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:2-3.
A faithful man will abound with blessings…” Proverbs 28:20.
6th Benefit. Righteous Thoughts.
As a result of a renewed mind, our thoughts about life change. Despite repeated personal attacks from Satan, the unprecedented changes in the world around us, the country continues growing further away from God. Our righteous thoughts help us see everything through God’s eyes. Jesus warned us about the tribulations and turmoil we would encounter, but He also promised to leave us with incomparable peace. (John 14:27) He wants us to think like HIM in every situation.
Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about sucj things. Philippians 4:8.
7th Benefit of Becoming like Jesus. A Reinforced Faith.
This is one of my favorite benefits (although #5 is hard to beat!). Just last week, I was headed to the doctor, and my mother said to me, “You know you are in spiritual warfare?” I said to her,” I must be doing something right if the devil continues to attack.” I don’t mean that in a prideful way, but I am thankful that as God brings me through each trial, my faith in Jesus grows stronger every day. I want to encourage others as they witness my response to unexpected difficulties and trials.
Before I was afflicted, I went astray but now I keep Thy word. May those who fear You see me and be glad, because I wait for your word.” Psalm 119:67,74.
These 7 Benefits have Transformed my life, and it’s my prayer that you are encouraged as you’ve read them. Becoming more like Jesus is a tremendous responsibility but also the highest of honors. As a member of God’s family, I am thankful for the blessing of these benefits as I seek to continue in God’s will for my life.
If you know Christ as your Lord and Savior, I would love to read about some of the AMAZING benefits that God has blessed you with during your journey. I am always inspired to hear how God is working in my brothers’ and sisters’ lives in Christ!
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