Criticality of Christ-Likeness
Updated: Apr 16, 2020
The word Christian stands for a follower of Christ, the Anointed one. We inherited this blessing by God’s grace, extended to us through Christ’s death and resurrection. As Romans 6:4(NLT) states, “For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” Christ died on the cross at Calvary for the redemption of humanity, back to God. Everyone who receives Christ as their Lord and Savior, and later receives water baptism, dies from their old self and is alive unto God.
This is a very deep Biblical truth we as Christians often tend to forget, particularly, when we go through trials, are mistreated and even in God given successes. Renowned author, CS Lewis quoted, “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” Christ died for us so that we could be Christ-like, eternal sons and daughters unto God. Hence, we must continually remind ourselves of Galatians 2:20; that we, died with Him on the cross and our name no longer lives but Christ through us. We should live our daily Christian lives similar to Christ’s, who is our only perfect example to follow. Whenever we deviate from Christ likeness, we should repent to God and men whom we may have wronged. Finally, as per Philippians 2:5, which teaches us to think and act like Christ, I exhort you to walk the narrow, heaven-bound Christian path with a pure heart, not to please men, but God.