3. Be Christ-Like
I do know this may sound like a Christian cliche, however the simplest approach to be “more real” with anybody is to be Christ-like at any and each second.
Especially when it comes to dealing with messy people and overwhelming feelings, the very best factor we are able to do is take a deep breath and ask, “What would Jesus do, right here, right now, in this very moment?”
Since eight or ten years old, I have worn a torn and faded necklace around my neck that asks that very question. While I originally wore it to calm my anxiety and nerves, it immediately became a source of comfort and conviction to others.
Students in my class, college, or those I now teach have asked me countless times what it says and means. Even in a secular public school or liberal college, I’ve been able to present the gospel time and time again with the words, “What would Jesus do?”
While it might sound easy, I believe everyone knows that being Christ-like 100% of the time will not be simple. I can consider innumerable examples the place I’ve been moody with my mother, misplaced my persistence with a scholar, thought adverse ideas in my head about myself, or shocked myself to actuality with how sinful I’m.
Nevertheless, if we would like to “be real,” it begins with being who we’re in Christ and who He’s hand-crafted us to be.
1 Corinthians 11:1 remarks, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (ESV). Ephesians 5:1-2 additionally repeats this command: “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
When we learn to be present, bold, and Christ-like with those around us, we will obtain a truer sense of sacrament and camaraderie that not only shares love with the world but changes us from the inside out. While focusing on our family, standing up for ourselves, and representing Jesus can present many challenges, those who seek the Lord above all else will be richly rewarded.
“To delay your outdated self, which belongs to your former method of life and is corrupt by way of deceitful wishes, and to be renewed within the spirit of your minds, and to placed on the brand new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24, ESV)
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