Running Like Jesus
“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”
- This morning we studied I Corinthians 9, where Paul was a dedicated winner in the Christian race (9:24-27).
- He was totally committed to rejecting everything of this life to win Christ in life’s great race (Phil 3:8-14).
- Our Lord Jesus Christ, however, is by far Paul’s superior and ran the race much better (Hebrews 12:1-4).
- We can greatly benefit by considering the blessed and perfect Man Christ Jesus in His race (Luke 2:52).
- When tempted by the devil himself, He answered each attempt with Holy Scripture (Matt 4:1-11).
- When tempted by religious leaders, He answered with Holy Scripture (Matthew 12:1-7; 22:15-46).
- When conversing with disciples, He opened Scripture that warmed their hearts (Luke 24:25-27,32).
- Godly men count Scripture to be their most precious possession on earth (Job 23:12; Ps 119:111).
- Godly men hide Scripture in their hearts in order to avoid sinning against God (Psalm 40:8; 119:11).
- Godly men give certain answers and reasons from Scripture, not feelings (Pr 22:17-21; I Pet 3:15).
- How much do you value Scripture, read Scripture, meditate on Scripture, and given answers from it?
- From the beginning, He wanted to be about His Father’s business (Luke 2:49; Ps 40:8; John 9:4).
- He was a man of prayer, engaging in prayer when He could (Mark 6:46; 13:33; Luke 3:21; 6:12).
- Consider well how he reacted to a man asking for His judgment in an inheritance (Luke 12:13-21).
- Godly men cannot and will not stand without much prayer (Eph 6:18; Psalm 55:17; Daniel 6:10).
- Are your affections set on heavenly things to the exclusion of earthly things (Col 3:2; Phil 3:18-19)?
- Jesus was tempted in all points like we are; yet He never gave into temptation (Heb 1:9; 4:15; 7:26).
- Whatever temptation you think you can hardly bear, Jesus Christ endured it much more than you.
- Great men before God are holy, as He is holy, to which we are called (II Cor 7:1; I Peter 1:15-16).
- Are you constantly striving to purify your hands and hearts (Ps 101:3; James 4:7-10; I John 3:3)?
- Jesus submitted to both Joseph and Mary as His parents (Luke 2:51; Eph 6:1-3; John 19:26-27).
- Even when it came to the temple tribute and Rome’s taxation, He obeyed (Matt 17:24-27; 22:15-22).
- A man must reject this generation’s folly toward parents to be like Jesus (Deut 27:16; II Tim 3:2).
- And of course, he must also this generation’s folly toward all positions of authority (I Pet 2:13-17).
- Can you, who are inferior to the Lord Jesus, submit to your God-appointed superiors (Col 3:18)?
- The disciples stood in amazement as Jesus cleared the temple of moneychangers (John 2:12-17).
- It is good to be zealously affected in a good thing, and we have the greatest cause of all (Gal 4:18).
- Are you full of zeal for anything to do with Jesus Christ, or do you drag along cause you have to?
- Jesus submitted meekly to His crucifixion, God’s will for Him, in quiet resignation (Matt 26:39,53).
- While His crucifixion was to redeem our souls, it did give an example of submission (I Pet 2:21-24).
- Godly men show the same meekness under oppression by government and masters (I Pet 2:12-20).
- How well can you suffer being defrauded and anything else for others (I Cor 6:7; 8:13; 9:12,15,19)?
- Jesus came not to be served; He came to serve; which He did His whole life (Matt 20:28; Jn 13:4-5).
- And the greatest in the kingdom of heaven are those who will serve others selflessly (Mat 20:25-27).
- Do you love serving others, even when they do not thank you, or even hate you (II Cor 12:15)?
- When Jesus spoke, even to those He knew were enemies, He was gracious (Ps 45:2; Luke 4:16-32).
- Of course, when fools and scorners manifested themselves, He could take them apart with words!
- We are to be always gracious in speech, only seasoning our speech with salt (Col 4:6; Eccl 10:12).
- Are you known for the gracious words that magnified Jesus (Matt 8:4; John 7:46; II Cor 10:1)?
- Jesus loved His disciples and friends consistently throughout His life (John 13:1,34; 15:12-14).
- Though they forsook Him, denied Him, betrayed Him, and doubted Him, He still loved them.
- We show our relationship to Him by loving His children as He did (John 13:35; I John 4:20 – 5:2).
- Every brother in Christ, whether in our church or out of our church, was adopted by our Father.
- In order to please our Heavenly Father and show His goodwill and grace, we should love them all.
- Do you look at all other saints, no matter how undesirable, and see their adoption as sons of God?
- Jesus forgave a woman taken in adultery and Zacchaeus, each in one day (John 8:1-11; Lu 19:1-10).
- And we are to be just as merciful in our dealings with others (Matthew 5:7; Luke 6:36; James 2:13).
- Do you love to forgive, to forget, to make up, to embrace, to celebrate, to err on the side of mercy?
- Every born again child of God should humble himself before Christ and seek to be like Him in these areas.
- We have a race to run, and Jesus Christ is not only our reward by approval but also our example how to run!
- A cloud of witnesses is watching, Jesus Christ is at the finish line, and we shall soon give an account of all.