Following The Footsteps Of Christ (Part One)
Living the life of a Christian is a hard task!
Do you think that this statement is true?
Many unsaved people believe this to be true.
They believe that if they become a Christian they will lose their freedom and they will not be able to enjoy themselves.
Some people also believe that the church doctrines are based upon principles and expectations that cannot be attained.
The name Christian is from the Greek word Christianos, which means followers of Christ (Strong concordance)
Therefore, as followers of Christ, it is best to copy the lifestyle of Jesus while He was on earth.
As long as you focus on Jesus and follow His examples, your life will be more fulfilling.
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15-15)
The reason why God in the manifestation of His Son Jesus Christ came into this earth to live is to experience the same struggles that we endure on earth.
Jesus felt the same pain that we feel.
He endured the same temptations that we endure and He passed through the same wilderness of trials that we go through.
Jesus’ body was also attacked with diseases just as ours do occasionally.
Although there is no record in the bible that Jesus has ever been ill, the above verse states that He was touched with the feeling of our infirmities but without sin.
Infirmity means physical weakness or ailments. It is not a sin to be weak or to be ill.
However, Christ overcame all earthly infirmities and thus enables us to also overcome when we walk closely with Him and follow His examples.
Following the footsteps of Christ
- Walk in love as Christ also loved us and given Himself to us as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savor (Ephesians 5:1)
Salvation is given to us because of love. You can accept God’s love by receiving salvation through Jesus Christ and be baptized with the power of the Holy Spirit. (John 3:16; Matthew 3:16-17)
- Share the gospel of salvation to others and win souls for Christ (Matthew 4:18-22)
- Walk in your anointing and be obedient to your calling ( Matthew 4:23-25)
- Bless and encourage each other daily (Matthew 5)
- Always do good when it is in the power of your hands to do so.
- Pray and pray some more ( Matthew 6)
Pray more and worry less because God is your provider.
- Store your treasures in heaven and build on the solid rock of Christ (Matthew 7)
- Be fearless because God has not given you the spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind.
A fearless heart can calm any storms in your life. (Matthew 8:23-27)
- Have a forgiving heart (Matthew 9)
- Be compassionate and merciful (Matthew 9:35-38; 14:13-21)
- As leaders, encourage and empower those you lead so that they too can become leaders (Matthew 10)
- No confusion or division should be among you as followers of Jesus (Matthew 12:22-30)
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. (1 Corinthians 14:23)
- Jesus never utters a single idle word from His lips and He did not argue or quarrel.
It is the thoughts within your heart that defile you (Matthew 12:33-37; 15:1-20).
- Treat your fellow Christian brethren as though they were your blood relatives (Matthew 12: 46-50)
- Ensure that your soil is fertile so that you can receive the Word of God and bear abundant fruits (Matthew 13)
- Rejection will come as followers of Christ.
But, do not allow it to discourage you, simply walk through the riot (Matthew 13:53-58).
- Pray in the fourth watch of the night and walk in victory. (Matthew 14:22-33)
- Anywhere you go your presence should shine the light of Jesus Christ so that others will be blessed (Matthew 14:34-36)
References: Ephesians 5; 2 Timothy 1:7
Join us tomorrow morning for the second part of this four-part series. Following the footsteps of Christ (Part Two).