We are to be imitators and followers of Christ!
Paul write in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
Ephesians 5:1 “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.”
Max Lucado writes like this about our Lord and Savior!!
In his book”When God whispers your name.”
The Almighty did not act high and mighty!
The Holy One wasn’t holier-than-thou.
The One who knew it all wasn’t a know-it-all.
The One who made the stars didn’t keep His head in them.
The One who owns all the stuff on earth never strutted it!(displayed it)
Never! He could have. Oh how He could have!
He could have been a name-dropper: “Did I ever tell you of the time Moses and I went up on the mountain?”
He could have been a showoff:” Hey want me to beam you into the 20th Century?”
He could have been a smart-alec:” I know what you are thinking. Want me to prove it?”
He could have been highbrow and uppity:”I’ve got some property in Jupiter…”
Jesus could have been all these, but he wasn’t.
His purpose was not to show off but show up.
He went to great pains to be a human as a guy down the street.
He didn’t need to study, but still went to the synagogue.
He had no need for income, but still worked in the workshop.
He had know fellowship of angels and heard the harps of heaven, yet still went to parties thrown by tax collectors.
And upon His shoulders rested the challenge of redeeming creation, but took time to walk 90 miles from Jericho to Cana to go to a wedding.
As a result people liked Him.
Oh, there were those who chaffed at His claims.
They called Him a blasphemer but never called Him a ‘braggart’.
The accused Him of heresy, but never arrogance.
He was branded as radical but never called unapproachable.
There is no hint He used His heavenly status for His personal gain.
His faith made Him likable, not detestable.