Working Definition of Christlikeness

This morning I was thinking about Hebrews 11:27 and what it means to gaze on Him who is invisible. That took me to Colossians 1:15 which says, “Who is the image of the invisible God…” The Amplified says, “(Now) He is the exact likeness of the unseen God (the visible representation of the invisible)…”

The question comes: How closely do you represent the Lord?

1 John 2:6 says, “He who says He abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” How did Jesus walk? Here is one way. Luke 6:35 says, “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.”

Do you love your enemies? Are you doing good to others, expecting nothing from them in return? Are you kind to those around you who are ungrateful? Hmm. What about being kind to those who are unbelievers?

2 Corinthians 5:20 says, “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us; we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” Verse 18 says that He has given to us the ministry of reconciliation.

An ambassador is a representative of a ruling authority. We represent the Lord Jesus through our lives, walking in spiritual maturity, grace, and Christlikeness. Ephesians 4:13 says, “Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Perfect here means mature.

I would like you to say the last sentence out loud several times. Let it sink into your heart until it fills you with joy. John 15:16 says, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you…” O the marvelous wonder to actively live in such a truth will cause your heart to bow in worship and honor.

You chose me to represent You

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