The Bible is the owner’s manual for life. It is our God-provided instruction book for living. Amazingly, it tells us:
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us – John 1:14 ESV
Unfortunately, a lot of people are unaware of this.
As I said when I explained Why I Created the Copy Jesus Site, one of my goals is to shine a light into the darkness to help people find and copy the life that Jesus modeled for us.
I am fully convinced that following His example is the only path to finding our God-given purpose and for living a full and satisfying life.
Ways We Want to Copy Jesus
From studying the record of Jesus’ life in the Bible, I have identified what I believe are twelve essential ways we want to copy Jesus.
I will be expounding on each of these areas in my articles. But, for now, here’s a concise list for easy reference.
1. Love God and Your Neighbor
Jesus tells us in Mark 12:30-31 that the most important commandment is, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
2. Submit to Spiritual Transformation
Jesus plainly preached a message of spiritual transformation. In John 3:3, He said, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
3. Be Full of Grace
How Jesus handled the woman caught in adultery is a great illustration of His grace (unmerited favor). The Law required the woman to be stoned, but Jesus set her free.
4. Offer Forgiveness
During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us, “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
5. Spread the Good News
6. Resist Temptation
Jesus was hungry after having fasted for 40 days in the wilderness. Yet, Jesus resisted the temptations of Satan. He set an example for us to follow in denying our flesh.
7. Have Faith in God
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly, I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” (Mark 11:22-23 NIV)
8. Be Humble and Serve Others
At the Last Supper, Jesus washed his followers feet. He then said, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
9. Surrender to God’s Will
Jesus set the ultimate precedent in this area. He surrendered to death on the Cross. Beforehand, he prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” (Matt 26:42 ESV)
10. Be Prayerful
11. Let Go of Worldly Things
Jesus tells us, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy (Matthew 6:19).” He goes on to say, “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Your treasure is any worldly thing that you value more than you should.
12. Avoid Self-Righteousness
This list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention Jesus’ disgust with self-righteousness. In the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, Jesus says, “the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” We must all recognize we are sinners in need of a Savior. Nothing else will do.
Put These Things Into Practice
Today, I’ve presented twelve practical ways we can copy Jesus in our everyday lives. I’ll be focusing my writing on these areas as we move forward in this quest.
Did I miss anything? In what other ways can we copy Him? Leave a comment and let me know.