We know that we, as Christ followers, should “be like Jesus” and that God wants to mold us into “the image of Christ”. The apostle Paul reminds us of that in Romans 8:28,29: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose… to be conformed to the image of His Son”. Although this is quite a noble aspiration and godly plan, it is also vague enough to slip by as another Christian cliché or, worse yet, simply…slip…by…
What does it mean to “be like Jesus”? … to really let God reproduce the image of His Son in us? Where does the process start? How is it carried out in our everyday lives?
As I was digging into this topic and praying about it recently, we saw something very interesting on TV. According to www.famousplastic.net, a 52-year old English woman has had 50+ plastic surgeries, spending over $320,000.00 to look like the ancient Egyptian Queen Nefertiti. Living between approximately 1370 BC and 1330 BC, Nefertiti was perhaps better known than her husband, Pharaoh Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV). It is said that even in the ancient world, her beauty was famous, and Nefertiti is perhaps best remembered for the painted limestone bust, now in Berlin’s Neues Museum . (These facts were taken from www.touregypt.net and www.wikipedia.org. )
Watching the TV documentary regarding Nileen Namita, the English woman who believes that she is the reincarnation of Queen Nefertiti, we were appalled, gasping and cringing in unbelief. I immediately thought of my quest to be more like Jesus, and asked myself: “Am I that willing and committed to “looking” like Jesus? Would I go to that extreme pain and pay that lofty sum of cash to be like Him?”
Fortunately, no surgery is involved, nor is there any cash requirement; but commitment is definitely involved. Being like Jesus depends on us AND on God: our commitment and His strength. They go hand in hand. Even if we sincerely commit to being like Jesus, we won’t get far without His power through the Holy Spirit working in us. On the other hand, His strength and power is totally available to us, but will be ineffective until we surrender our inability to do it on our own; until we commit ourselves and say “Lord, I cannot do this if You don’t do it through me!”
We know that God’s plan is to make us “look like” Jesus. Let’s check our commitment level, get on board with His plan, and trust in the power of the Holy Spirit to make that a reality in our lives!