How can I be like him (her)?

Most people try to copy, imitate and be like someone else.  There is something about his voice, his looks, his ability, his humor, his…whatever, that makes one person want to be like the other person. The challenge is that parents will point their children to role-models early in life, but then forget to train their children to the real issue. The other problem is that there are so many poor role models that distract a person from what is important. There are likely at least as many poor role models and influences as there are good role models and influences. Paul wrote, “Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” (1 Cor. 15:33 NKJ) When one considers the direction of America, the evil company seems to be increasing. So, what should a person do?

There is one thing you need to do.  Believe in Jesus Christ. Paul wrote, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31 NKJ) Once you are “saved,” you become a child of God, then you are complete and you do not have to try to keep copying other people.  As a child of God, you are complete in Christ and you do not want to be just like another person. This is the greatest news you will hear all week. Let’s read how Paul wrote it,

9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. (Col. 2:9-10 NKJ)

Note what Paul is saying. In verse nine, IN Jesus, all of the attributes of the Godhead dwell in His earthly form. He relinquished the use of His divine attributes and was dependent on the Holy Spirit, but He was still fully God.  He was not a ghost or only a human being.  He was fully God and true humanity in the same person.

In verse ten, Paul wrote, you are complete in Jesus. Do you realize what that is saying? This is incredible!  The word complete means 1) to fill up a deficiency; 2) to fully possess; 3) to fill with a certain quality and 4) to fully influence. What does that mean?

First, it means Jesus fills up your deficiency.  Whatever you think you fall short on or are inadequate in or are not good enough for, Jesus fills up because you are IN HIM.  He fills up the deficiency of spiritual truth as you study God’s Word and understand His will and purpose for your life. Paul wrote, “For who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Cor. 2:16 NKJ) The mind of Christ is found in Scripture. He fills up your deficiency.

Secondly, it means Jesus fully possesses you.  As a child of God, Jesus is your Savior, Lord, Master and Shepherd. You are no longer your own, you belong to Him and He has made you the you that you are! He does not want you like someone else.  He does not want you wasting your time trying to be like someone else.  You are actually missing out on His blessings by trying to be someone you are not. John wrote, “”I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.” (John 10:14 NKJ)  And Paul wrote,

19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your bodyand in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Cor. 6:19-20 NKJ)

Now you can rebel or act independently, but He possesses you as His sheep, His child.1

Thirdly, it means you are filled with a certain quality.  Peter explained this well,

3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Pet. 1:3-4 NKJ)

Peter explained that through the knowledge of Him, you become a “divine partaker.” Completeness in Jesus is a divine quality that you cannot obtain through any athletic or  other celebrity status.  You as a believer in Jesus have something so much greater than the biggest star, who does not have Jesus.

Fourthly, it means to fully influence. When you humble yourself before Jesus, under the filling of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18), Jesus lives through you.  Paul wrote, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20 NKJ)

If you are a Christian, you are complete in Jesus Christ.  There was nothing you could do for salvation, nothing you could become for salvation and nothing that you have to do to maintain your salvation.  However, if you are a Christian, you will be motivated to abide in the Lord Jesus Christ and bear fruit. God designed you in eternity past to be the way you are. David wrote,

13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made1; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. 17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!  (Ps. 139:13-17 NKJ)

God made you exactly the way you are. You may not like what He did, but He is the Master-planner.  He is the Potter.  He is the sovereign One over your life.  He has a plan that He knows perfectly well how YOU are complete, because you are complete in Jesus! It is God’s intention that you become like Him.  Paul wrote,

28 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. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son. (Rom. 8:28-29 NKJ)

In God’s eternal plan, God made you exactly in a way that by dependence upon Him will enable you to become all He wants you to be.

Grow in your relationship with Him and quit comparing yourself with other people.  You are a matchless and precious possession that He loved through Jesus and He will love you to the image of Jesus Christ.

1https://shepherdingtruth.com/2013/07/25/question-will-i-sin-as-a-new-believer/#more-368

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