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Strive To Be Like Jesus

We know we'll never achieve this, as Jesus was the perfect man - so why try or at least, why try so hard?

1. God sent us Jesus for many reasons. One was to be the example we need to follow. The Bible tells us to strive to be like Him. There are many reasons; other than being told too.

2. When we are doing so (striving to be like Jesus) we are spending more time with Him.


  • A daughter who wants to be like her mother spends time with her learning how to cook, bake, sew,etc. A son wanting to be like his father will spend time with his father learning sports, fishing, work ethics, how to take provide for a family, etc.
  • The whole time we are spending time with parents (role models) we are also picking up on how they respond to trials, hardships, hurt feelings, betrayal, forgiveness, how a marriage works, etc. All the give and take that goes into a friendship or marriage or any relationship is learned just by spending time with that role model and enjoying wonderful fellowship.
  • Just a Jesus is our role model - parents and other adults are the role models of our children. Make sure there are several in your child's life.

3. The more time you think about how to be like Jesus - the less time you have to think about the things you ought not to be.


  • Bitterness, temptation, anger; the little things that sneak in our lives little by little when we let our guard down. Satan is a master at this - if he can distract you he can lure you away to be ineffective.
  • Focusing on being more like Jesus, often throughout the day, is a great way to keep your guard up.

4. One of the important reasons to strive to be more like Jesus is the example others see. Others want what you have. Joy. Peace. Love. A Contagious Smile. These are ways we grow the kingdom! One by one. It's not always a dynamic preacher or a revival.


  • Sometimes it's as simple as someone noticing your joy, how you react to criticism and / or seeing how you love unconditionally or give without wanting to be noticed. When others want what you have you have either planted a seed, watered a seed, or helped in the harvesting of a seed.
  • Other times you may not even know you were a part of someone coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. You might not know how you impact a person's life - but wouldn't you want it to be the way Jesus did!

Those are some pretty good reasons to keep trying to be like Jesus!

Created By Julie Robinson

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The Verse of the Day For
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

  • Bible Reading
  • 1 Peter 2:9-10
  • But you are a chosen race, A royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
  • NASB
  • Devotional Reflection Thought
  • Help me to live out the standard of the cross in my life Jesus.
  • Name Of God
  • namesOfGodBibleVerseReference21
  • One Year Bible Reading Guide
  • Nehemiah 12 & 13; Proverbs 14
  • Bible Trivia Question
  • Category: Book of Genesis
    Question: At what time did men begin to call on the name of the Lord?
    • After Enoch was taken to Heaven by God.
    • After Noah's flood.
    • After Seth's son Enosh was born.
    • After the fall of man.
    See Answer