I believe one of our keys for becoming like Jesus is a better focus…
What do I mean?
I believe we must pursue intimacy with the Lord by pursuing His face. We need to focus on His eyes instead of the sin and failures we experience. Picture looking at Him and sin being like a distraction off to the side that Jesus paid for in order to allow you to keep your focus on Him.
Sin is not ok, but it is paid for…. Don’t let it take your eyes off Him! There is therefore now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus(Rom. 8:1). We become like Him as we behold Him….(my 2Cor. 3:18 paraphrase)
I was recently pondering some things with the Lord. I was reading Jonathan Welton’s book New Covenant Leaders(haven’t finished it, but very good so far), and was thinking about Jesus carrying ALL authority as a man on earth. He literally did things our hero’s do on movies(i.e. walked on water, teleported, healed people, set people free, multiplied food, and so many other things they can’t fit in books).
I began realizing the weight of His ability. The Father was giving Him the power and authority to do ANYTHING…. How many times are we puffed up when we get even a great revelation. We think we’re awesome when God uses us in any way. Jesus was given immeasurable power, and what did He do???
Jesus washed the disciples disgusting feet…. He could have easily chosen to make His skin impenetrable to the soldiers beatings and weapons… But what did He do with all that power??? He allowed their weapons to sink into His blameless flesh. He allowed the thorns to sink into His “steal”…. I’m overcome with His humility in overwhelming power. Not only that He could, but that for our sakes He would. Jesus didn’t get angry and stop it, even after the horrible beating went on and on. I don’t really understand why, but He loves us deeply….
Oh how I long to be like my Hero!!
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me(Jesus) will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Jn. 14:12 ESV
Ok,this is very simple, but hopefully life changing. Literally.
I’ve recently been outside the US and had a startling realization—-some of the other “peoples” in the world don’t live with our attitudes!!:) At first it took me a little while to discover what was different, and then I realized—- they aren’t demanding everything.
Here’s one of Merriam-Webster’s definitions for entitlement: —belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges.
Do you realize how rampant entitlement has become? We get furious when our home internet goes down for 2 hours(sometimes even when they told us it would). We expect the piece of crap driver in the other lane to get out of our way! Just about anything we want, we want it now and are consumed when we don’t get it as we demand…. Have they messed up your order in the drive through lately?
I believe we need deliverance from this plague. We’re cluttering the spiritual airways with this attitude from hell. This attitude has crept in which means thankfulness and gratitude have slipped away. We are called to be thankful. There’s something freeing when we align with thankfulness and choose to be grateful to God in any situation. Buy this wisdom cheaply(not that I’m super wise), and take a minute now to find something to be thankful for–no whiny, bull crap excuses–travel as far down as you have to in order to find it. If that means you thank God that your eyes blink and moisten themselves, then do it! If you have no eyes, and someone’s reading this to you, thank God for breath!
Make this change and see what the Lord will do in you. As I said before, we’re all connected so your breakthrough in this is our breakthrough!:) Go for it. I think you’ll be surprised by Him! He’s always good!!