DETERMINED DISPOSITION TO BE CHRIST-LIKE

Posted: September 3, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”

– Exodus 33:13a, 16 NIV

Following the ambition of being a living sacrifice for Jesus is an admirable aspiration that requires a deliberate initiative. This initiative begins with an internal resolution to live and walk as Jesus did. Beyond saying I am a Christian, it becomes more about being a Christian in attitude and actions. The King James Version of Philippians 2:5 puts it like this: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” The New International Version of the same verse in the book of Philippians declares: “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”

We discover, in the book of Daniel, Daniel demonstrated the principle of emulating the attitude of Christ when he resolved not to go along to get along. Daniel decided it was more important to distinguish himself as one who followed God, even if it meant death. “But the official told Daniel, ‘I am afraid of my lord the king, who assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.” – Daniel 1:10 NIV Daniel’s request to not eat what was provided by the king’s officials could have brought certain death, but his act of devotion to God moved God to act on his behalf that caused Daniel to be found with favor. Some have been deceived, by the influence of this world, that being a child of the King of kings means I am to be blessed financially and have an abundance of material possessions as a sign I am a follower of Christ. How does that distinguish me from those who do not believe in Jesus Christ, but have wealth and an abundance of material possessions? Daniel came from a family of nobility, but it was his character that distinguished him and led to an extraordinary encounter in his faith walk with God.

Moses understood the principle of bearing the attitude of being distinguished as one who followed God that is revealed in the Old Testament book of Exodus. When you read the scripture reference for today’s post carefully, you find that it was important to Moses that he and God’s people be distinguished from everyone else and felt that God’s presence with them, as they journeyed to the place of promise, is what would affirm him and the Israelites as being people different from everyone else. This attitude is not about being better than, but about walking in the fulfillment of being made in the image of God and the likeness of His Son Jesus (see Genesis 1:26-27). The disposition of being distinguished is about encountering the extraordinary in an intimate personal faith walk with God.

May God bless you and help you to grow in your passion to be distinguished as one who follows Christ, as you walk by faith, so you may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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