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A Message from Pastor Carl
Do you want to become like Christ?
In the church, we often talk about becoming more like Jesus. We pray that God would make us more like Jesus. But do we really want to become like Jesus?
In many ways, the answer is obviously, “no”. I do not want to be an itinerant preacher with no home and no possessions. I am in no hurry to make enemies within the religious establishment, or to draw the attention of the King Herod’s of our day. I do not want to live the life that Jesus lived.
But do you want to become like Jesus? Do you want to know God the Father with the intimacy that Jesus had? Do you want to be as free from fear and anxiety as Jesus was? Do you want to have a joy that comes from your relationship with God instead of from your quickly changing circumstances? Do you want to live a deeply fulfilling life of love?
“Well, when you put it like that…” Actually, I suspect the answer is still usually “no”. I want joy, but I want it to come through my circumstances, not in spite of them. I want to be free of fear and anxiety because I have nothing to be anxious about. I want God to save me, but do I really want Him to be intimately involved in every conversation, every relationship, every moment? That sounds uncomfortable. That sounds restricting. That sounds undesirable.
This week our ministry team is spending several days studying, discussing, and praying about discipleship. ‘Discipleship’ is a handy word to describe the church’s mission of filling the world, not just with Christians, but with people who are becoming like Christ. We will be asking why we tend to be complacent with something less than Christ-likeness, when becoming like Christ is what John expected (John 4:16-17), what Peter taught (2 Peter 1:3-11), and the only thing that mattered to Paul (Philippians 3:8-9).
I suspect that much of it has to do with not being around enough people who are living to become like Christ. I have known a few. Becoming like Christ sounds uncomfortable, restricting, undesirable. But what about becoming like Herb Becker, or John Saleska, or Ruth Geidel? People who had their flaws, but who laughed deeply, loved sincerely, and navigated a stormy world as if their boat were always in the peaceful eye of the hurricane. Yeah, I want that. I want to become that.
And I know where they got it. They were not content with something less than Christ-likeness. They believed the words of Jesus, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full,” (John 10:10). And they made living like Christ look like a joy, not a burden; freeing, not restricting; desirable.
It underscores why fellowship was so important in the early church. I can read books written by the greatest disciples of Jesus who ever lived. I can listen to sermons preached by the greatest preachers. But I cannot see the abundant life until I am sharing life with someone who is living life to the full, who has determined not to be complacent with something less than Christ-likeness. And once I see life to the full in action, I want it. I want to become like Christ.
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