What does it look like to ‘Be Like Jesus?’
Monastic lifestyle / singleness
Sell everything and go person
Woman adopting a family on the Rez
Stephen Curtis Chapman starting an orphanage care ministry called Show Hope
A mother sleeping on the floor beside a sick child.
All of the above
Open your Bibles to . . .
Many people - even Christians - live only to make a good impresson on others or to please themselves.
Many people - even Christians - live only to make a good impression on others or to please themselves.
The Principle (The Mind of Christ)
The Mindset of Christ
Do not be selfish; don’t do things with a selfish motivation
2 Value others above yourselves
Consider others as more important than yourself
3 Express concern for the interest of others
Don’t consider only things that are interesting to you, but look into what is interesting and important to others.
Picture of Complete and Total Selflessness
Now Paul says, “I’ve given you the principles but now I want to show you what this looks like by giving you a picture of selflessness and humility.”
He begins by saying, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.”
So he is encouraging us to apply what we are getting ready to read to all of our relationships such as our family, spouse, children, co-workers, church members, etc.
Mindset #1 - Sacrifice
Mindset #1 - Sacrifice
The Bible teaches that Jesus was in heaven, a totally perfect environment.
But He chose to sacrifice His perfect environment and position as the son of God to come to earth and be a carpenter.
He was willing to give up something that was valuable to Him.
Question: What am I willing to sacrifice?
(Time, Money etc., for God or Others)
If we say we want to be like Jesus we must challenge ourselves in terms of how willing we are you to sacrifice your time or your money for God and for those we are in relationship with?
Mindset #2 - Servant
It would be enough that Jesus was willing to sacrifice, but He didn’t come to sit on a throne and have people serve Him.
Instead He was always serving others (teaching them, healing them, raising from the dead, feeding them, washing their feet, etc.)
Question: Do I look to be served more than I look for opportunities to serve others?
Do I see myself as being above doing certain things when people ask me or do I have the attitude of a servant?
Question: If we say we want to be like Jesus we must challenge ourselves in terms of how willing we are you to sacrifice your time or your money for God and for those we are in relationship with?
Mindset #3 - Submission
So what we see here is that in order for Jesus to come to earth He first had to be submissive to His Father.
Now remember, Jesus is just as much God as God the Father and yet He submitted His will for the will of the Father.
Question: How submissive am I willing to be in terms of relationships, spouse, coworkers, leadership etc.? Or do I have to always be in control?
Mindset #4 - Suffering
Jesus was willing to suffer so that we might have eternal life.
Sometimes we are taught that the Christian life is supposed to be easy but Jesus’ example shows that at times we may have to suffer.
False doctrine that Christian life must be easy.
Jesus - pain, struggles, troubles, difficulties, willingness to suffer
Question: How much are you willing to suffer in your relationships with God and other people?
So, what does it look like to be like Jesus?
It involves being...
Willing to sacrifice
Willing to serve
Willing to submit
Willing to suffering
And if God rewarded Jesus for having these attitudes I trust he will do the same for you and I.
Humility isn’t thinking less of ourselves, it’s thinking less about ourselves.
That’s the blessing in this passage:
If we follow Jesus Christ’s example, if God exalted him, then in due time he’ll do the same for you and I.
At the last judgement, even those who are condemned will recognize Jesus’ authority and right to rule.
People can choose now to commit their lives to Jesus as Lord or be forced to acknowledge him as Lord when he returns, and Christ could return at any moment.
Are you prepared to meet him?