Is Becoming Like Jesus Unrealistic?

One of the core messages of The Gospel is to follow the ways of Christ. And while there may be a collection of directional instructions found within the pages of the Bible, I find others constantly question: “Is becoming like Jesus unrealistic?”

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?

1. “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” -1 Corinthians 1:11

2. “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” -Ephesians 5:1-2

3. “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” -Matthew 5:48

4. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” -Romans 3:23 

5. “If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.” -1 John 1:8

There is a noticeable difference between the first three verses when in comparison to the last two. It’s almost as if Romans 3:23 and 1 John 1:8 completely throw away any hope of becoming a true reflection of Christ. Why? Because Jesus was blameless, we are not.

SO, WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE US? 

Although we will never be able to become a perfect reflection of Christ in this life, this is not to deter us from seeking the perfection and blamelessness that he exudes.

DOES THIS MEAN I SHOULD GIVE UP?

Of course not! In our strive for perfection and righteousness, we will find ourselves becoming more like Christ and less like our carnal beings. His likeness is attainable, and following the teachings of Jesus is how we attain it. Paul explains this in 1 Corinthians 1:11.

WHAT’S NEXT?

If you think you’ll never live up to the life that Jesus reflected during his time here on earth, you’re probably right. But guess what? If Jesus was small enough to perfectly mimic, he wouldn’t be big enough to call LORD. Becoming like Jesus is attainable, but becoming Jesus is not. To the best of your ability, seek to live out a righteous reflection worthy of His name. Failure is inevitable, but progression is always possible.  If we were flawless, we wouldn’t have a need for a perfect savior.

-Jarrid Wilson

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Published by Jarrid Wilson

Husband, Father, Pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship & Author of a few books.

12 comments on “Is Becoming Like Jesus Unrealistic?”

  1. larrie kitchen..maybe you need to learn..because ya comment doesnt read very Christ like…just saying….and pretty much what brother said…just different wording…before seeing your comment..i got exactly same thing from what he wrote as to what you wrote

  2. Amen! :D

    That’s why in Heaven, if we’ll grab that chance in the near future, we live forever. There we continue to imitate Him more fully. Daily we progress into perfection. I think perfection is progressive and dynamic, not static. It’s a thing that’s daily done, furnished, and lived.

    I like your line, Jarrid, that says: Becoming like Jesus is attainable, but becoming Jesus is not.

    Everything has its limits, and this is what Lucifer overlooked over six thousand years ago. :)

    Amen for this new post brother Jarrid! God bless! :D

  3. I had never thought of that – sometimes feeling I could never be like Christ. We need to be “imitators” of Christ – so as close as we can be. Thanks.

  4. Hello Jarrid, Jesus call us into a relationship with Him and it is in this relationship that we are conformed into His image. We are called to abide in Him. Go and learn what this means.

    1. What do you mean, “Go and learn what this means.” I’m not clear on what your disagreement is, but it seems a bit defensive.

      Jarrod, I enjoy your posts & share them with my husband. Thank you fir your thoughtful perspective & inspiring words.

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