Christianity, in essence, compacted down to a succinct, defining phrase, is a life in which we strive to become more like Christ. “He that says he abides in Him ought himself so to walk, even as He walked.” (1 John 2:5.) Walking “even as He walked” lies at the very heart of our life in Christ.
We are disciples of Christ, which is to say we are students, followers, imitators of the Master, who taught, “If you continue in My word, then you are my disciples indeed.” (John 8:31.) And yet again, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:34.)
Genuine discipleship concerns itself with one thing over and over and above all else — following and imitating the Master.
We could not help but be enriched by a fresh, unhurried journey through the four gospel accounts, Such a thorough and honest study of Christ’s life will go a long way in pointing us in the right direction. Meditating on His life will do much to motivate ours. After all, didn’t He invite us to come to Him, saying , “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of Me”? (Matthew 11:29.)
And isn’t this what Paul had in mind as he wrote, “Now while we all continue to gaze with an unveiled face at the Lord’s glory, as in a mirror, we are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Spirit of the Lord”? (2 Corinthians 3:18, McCord.)
One question: Am I becoming more like Jesus?