Why Can’t You Be Like Jesus?

Why can’t you be like Jesus?” Ever asked yourself that question?  It’s probably easier to say “What would Jesus do?” than to actually do what he would do.  But isn’t that what being a Christian is really all about?  I think we all struggle with that cycle at some point in our Christian walk.  Let’s break that cycle and start where Jesus did.

Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Some people define Christianity as a disciple or a follower of Christ…but in one word, it’s being a SERVANT.  True Christianity is in giving, not getting.

Albert Schweitzer, a doctor who became a missionary said, “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know and I have truly discovered the only ones among you who will really be happy and satisfied are those who have sought and found how to serve others.”

Are you serving others? Think about it? Are you serving your family? What about your co-workers? Your friends? How about your ministry? Can’t forget God in the mix. With all the cares and busyness of the world we live in…it’s really easy to forget about what’s happening around us and focus in on what’s happening to us.  Let’s see what Jesus did to become a better servant (Illustrated in Isaiah 52:13-14 & 53:1-7)

  1. Put God First in Our Lives: We can’t be lord of our own lives.  We’re going to have to serve somebody. If it’s not God, it’s going to be someone or something else.  Jesus put God first over and over throughout his ministry.  he would always take time to pray even in the midst of his busy schedule (and he was preparing to die for the sins of the world).
  2. Protect My Attitude: First you have to have the right attitude.  William James said, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that you can alter your life by altering the attitude of your mind.”  Jesus made it a priority to keep the right attitude.  Even when he could of complained, he kept his mouth shut.
  3. Plant Seeds of Love and Kindness: When’s the last time you showed appreciation?  Do you thank people for the little things?  Jesus always took the time to leave a lasting impression on people with the little things.
  4. Give Your Life Away: Once we give up our life, we will actually find the life that God has for us.  Jesus paid the ultimate price for all humanity by giving his life as a ransom for many.

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3 comments

  1. Well that said it all Servant-Hood. Putting God First helped me with my additude and still working on it. and was able to show more Love and Kindness to others by changing my additude I am still trying to give more of myself to others but sometimes feel so stretched out. I don’t know how you do it but your a Great example, I am so Greatful to follow Great Pastors.
    God Bless

  2. Not expecting anything in return has been something that I learned in the home and has kept me from alot of disappointing times. I am grateful that God chose this fool to serve under such great pastors like you and sis Doreen. Attitude and willingness to change and serve God is the key. Thanks Pastor Joe!

  3. being like our father is a tough road but i’m still walking it and now that i have accepted him i find myself after him.it’s those word’s that hit home in this whole blog that i’m really realizing it’s true
    being a servant and humble and realizing those thing’s is rewarding in our father’s eye’s.And expecting reward,is something i get when i’m hitting those street’s for him that’s what i get and seeing those seed’s walk and are in those seat’s on sunday, fridays and anytime there after.to me that is the reward..thank you pastor your word’s are really inspiring and well needed..

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