A few weeks ago I began a 3-part blog series looking at our mission statement at Temple Baptist Church. Our purpose is to “Make Disciples of Jesus Who Think, Act, and Live Like Him.” During this blog series I have been looking at what it means to “think,” “act,” and now, “live” like Jesus. If you haven’t read the other posts, I hope you’ll do so, before reading on.
What does it mean to live like Jesus? As we read the New Testament there is a word that appears over and over, especially in some of Paul’s letters – it’s the word “walk.” Most often when we see this word it can be read as “live.” For example, in Ephesians 4:1, Paul writes, “Therefore, I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk (live) in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called….” So, the natural question arises – how do we live?
In this same passage, Ephesians 4:1, Paul answers that question – “…with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Here, Paul lists several trials that can be found in his lists of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23, where he writes, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” When reading this list one will observe that each of these traits where personally lived out by Jesus Christ. If we are to live like Jesus a great place to start is by displaying the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
In his book, Think, Act, Believe Like Jesus: Becoming a New Person in Christ, Randy Frazee ask these helpful questions when choosing to live like Jesus:
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