By Joseph Hayes
I’m a Christian.
But what does that even mean anymore? If I were to ask many of the people I know if they were saved, they would say of course they are.
If I were to further expound and proclaim “Are you like Jesus Christ?” I’m sure most would grow quiet.
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Because the truth is, I don’t know anyone like Jesus Christ.
Before you get upset or offended at me, please hear me out.
During His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ set an example for us all to follow. He gave us a profound example of what it would mean to follow in His footsteps.
We (mankind) took that definition and ran with it and made it into more of a religious moniker; even though He wasn’t religious at all. So we deem ourselves Christian, state our authority on Christianity or call ourselves Believers. But through all of the lingo, what does it really mean?
In short, wouldn’t it mean we had chosen to be disciples of Jesus Christ? Jesus Christ, after all, was the One who exclaimed His disciples would do the same works as Him and even greater works when He said in John 14:12:
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father,” Jesus said in John 14:12.
But consider the works that Jesus did on a regular basis while He walked the earth. And when you look around, do the people who say they are His disciples emulate these works?
How many even believe they are capable of doing the same things? Really think about it.
Who, among Christians, actually believes they can do the same works as Jesus Christ? Who, among Christians, actually believes they can do greater works?
Over the weekend, I sat at home with my wife and discussed with her how I didn’t know of any real Christians. I told her in detail how I didn’t know anyone really Christ-like and her eyes lit up and she appeared stunned, or even shocked in a way I haven’t seen from her often, over the past 15 years.
She was nervous I would offend someone by saying that I didn’t know of any Christians. As if I didn’t know anyone on their way to Heaven.
In my mind, however, I was focused on the fact that I don’t know anyone that is walking around fulfilling John 14:12 and being like Jesus Christ on the earth.
According to 2 Timothy 1:7, God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love and a sound mind. Why then, don’t people who say they endeavor to be like Jesus, walk in the same power He said they would reflect in their daily lives?
I realize this doesn’t sound good; and so our back and forth discussion ensued.
After about a few hours of debate, we both agreed — people who call themselves Christians and genuinely Love God have let Him down. We haven’t come close to His expectations of us.
We are nothing like we ought to be. That includes me.
I know many people on their way to Heaven. But when they arrive, most of us will be told we did not live our lives in the powerful, impactful way we were designed to.
We did not live our lives in authority of the elements like Jesus showed us that we could — you know, walking on water, commanding the storms to cease, traveling by thought from one place to another, like we are capable of doing; just like Jesus Christ.
Instead, many of us succumbed to spirits of fear over and over again and were limited in what we achieved on this earth.
Consider for a moment that only one of the 12 disciples walked on the water to Jesus in Matthew 14:22:28. And Peter stopped when he succumbed to a spirit of fear.
The rest of the disciples never even tried to get out of the boat because of demonic spirits of fear, that should have been under their feet.
Meanwhile, what’s limiting you?
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How often are we all looking around, and being limited by fear? How often are we trying to please other people, instead of pleasing God?
In this life, are we choosing to surrender our lives to God and let the Holy Spirit control us? Or are we really giving place to spirits of fear?
I don’t want to walk around limited because of fearful spirits I succumbed to.
I’m a Christian. I endeavor to be just like Jesus Christ.
When is the last time you walked on water? When is the last time you healed the sick or multiplied food? When have you even attempted or expected to?
When is the last time you lived your life like Jesus Christ? It’s time we all start being like Him, in more than just what we say.
And if you haven’t received Jesus Christ yet, to welcome Him into your life as your Lord and Savior, believe and say out loud: Heavenly Father, I come to you in Jesus’ name. Please forgive me of my sins. I believe your Son Jesus was sent to earth to die for me on the cross and that he rose from the dead. I receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Jesus take my life and use it for your glory. I choose to extend forgiveness to anyone who has sinned against me. Welcome to God’s family! Your spirit is born again!
Choose to spend time learning more about Jesus in the Bible. You can study Him in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Seek God on what local church you should attend to learn more about Him and choose to put your faith on display by being baptized. As you continue learning about God, be His ambassador and continue sharing what you have learned with everyone. Where you go, the Lord goes. So choose to represent Him today.