As a Christian, we need to live up to that name. The word Christian basically means “little Christ” and often times we forget that it means more than just something you put down on our Facebook bio section—it is our identity (Philippians 3:7). We are to be like Christ in every sense of the word. Interestingly enough, there are aspects of Christ that we tend to forget. We know the big ones like not kill, not commit adultery, or whatever “big sin” that runs through our mind.
Being a Christian means to follow and emulate our Savior. According to John 13:15, Jesus sets an example for us to follow. The Gospels are the only accounts we have of Jesus’ perfect life. And although this post is not an extensive look at the life of Christ, the following are a few that have recently convicted me on where I need to grow.
Jesus worshipped in public regularly (Luke 4:16)
And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.
The early life of Christ is fascinating because of what we do not know. We don’t know how Jesus reacted to His siblings, we don’t know how He handled fellow teenagers. The scriptures simply does not tell us. We sometimes forget that Jesus was actually a child, a teenager, and grew into an adult. We forget that Jesus actually had to grow up. This short passage reminds us of something Christ did quite often as a young person. He worshipped God. Jesus actually went to the temple and learned about His heavenly Father. God humbled Himself as a man (Philippians 2:7-8) to give us a perfect picture of how we are to live a life that most glorifies God. Jesus, in His condescending, had to relearn what He knew about Himself.
If the eternal God-Man Jesus had to read and learn about our Heavenly Father, how much more do we need to do so? How easy it is for us to make excuses to not learn about our God’s word on Sunday?
Jesus prayed regularly (Luke 6:12)
“It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.”
Jesus prayed regularly. Passages like this (cf. Matt 26:36; Mark 1:35; Luke 3:21, 5:16,11:1) are super convicting to me mainly because they remind me of how little I pray. These multiple accounts by three different authors recorded that Jesus went away and pray. We don’t know exactly what those prayers were like, but one for example is in John 17, He prayed for us! His prayers were about things like the salvation of others or his asking for strength to glorify God by submitting to His will. The God that we are supposed to pray for prays for us because He has a genuine love for His sheep.
If we were to somehow quantify our own prayer time, how much do you think we pray in a day? A week? A month? A year? I know in my own heart that I don’t pray enough because I simply don’t rely on God as much as I should. Jesus died so that we can go to the throne of grace, yet we tend to go to other people for help instead of going to God for help and wisdom.
Jesus trusted God regularly (Matthew 27:43)
“HE TRUSTS IN GOD; LET GOD RESCUE Him now, IF HE DELIGHTS IN HIM; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
On the same vein of prayer, we see that Jesus was also trusting in the Father. In the context of this passage, Jesus was hanging on the cross, blooded, beaten, and exhausted. One of the insults that was thrown at Him demonstrates His dependency on God the Father. Jesus depended on God in every sense of the word. Even before His ministry when He was tempted in the wilderness, what He trusted in was the Word of God. And when He was hours away from being killed, He trusted in God. Jesus always trusted in God.
If someone were to describe us in words, would trusting in God even be the top three? I know in my own life it is easy for me to quickly run to people or things when hard times come. It is our human nature to trust in the things of this world for comfort when in reality we should be relying on God (2 Cor 1:3), who is the only One who can give us comfort.
Again, these are only a few glimpses of Jesus’ life that stood out to me. What a great example we have in our Savior. I am sure there are things in the Bible that convicts you more than others. But imagine how much growth we would have in our spiritual life if we just applied these three lessons from Jesus on a regular basis.
Care to share? What have the Lord been teaching you about His Son?