Imitators of Christ

The Doctor's Life Support for 23 February

Your attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2: 5

It is a challenging and encouraging privilege to take as an example the life of someone you know who has lived for Christ. Pause for a moment to identify one or two now, and thank God for them. If this be true of the influence of fellow- Christians on our lives, how much greater must be the experience of knowing the indwelling Christ by his Spirit. In Paul’s letters, the phrase ‘in Christ’ appears some 158 times. With the apostle we can say, ‘I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.’ (Galatians 2: 20) It is Christ whom we are called to imitate. His life within us begins to change and transform us more and more into his likeness. Let us then have this mind which was in Jesus Christ. ‘Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.’ How allembracing is this transformation when by and through it we are able to know the will of God ‘– his good, pleasing and perfect will.’ (Romans 12: 1–2) We look to Christ so that our lives may so reflect his presence that, in the same attitude of humility that he showed (Philippians 2: 7) we will be used for special purposes. (2 Timothy 2: 21) As we seek to be dedicated and useful to the Master, let us take careful note how we should live, wherever we are and whatever we do. Let us make it a daily prayer that the beauty, life, peace, joy and love of Jesus will be seen in us – not to elevate ourselves, but to honour him.

Written by Daryl Hackland from South Africa

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