What does a Christian look like? I realize this is elementary, but the root word for Christian is Christ, so to be a Christian is to be like Christ. So to answer the question, a Christian looks like Jesus. But how does this happen?
When I was a kid, I silently idolized Michael Jordon. I watched everything he did and I mimicked his moves, his walk and even how he chewed his gum. However, all of my attempts to be like Mike were external. No matter how much I tried, I was still Phil.
Is the way to be like Christ the same as being like Mike? No. Being like Christ is not external, it is internal. At the moment of placing your trust in the sufficiency of Christ’s death to pay for your sins, Jesus comes and lives in your heart.
- “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” – Galatians 2:20
This is not waxing poetically, it is fact. Many self proclaimed Christians don’t understand the Spiritual union that takes place at the moment of believing in Christ alone for your salvation. Too often people are going through religious motions trying to mimic Jesus, when they should be repenting from the external works of the flesh and accepting the internal transformation of Jesus Christ.
When this union with Jesus occurs, the born again believer is a new creation in Jesus Christ. The old has passed away and the new has come. Specifically, you begin to look like Jesus more and more with each passing day, week, month and year, and this change continues until the return of Christ or you die.
- “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:6
Do you see it? Where is the work done? In you. This change is not external, it is internal, and God promises to complete it. With all that said, what type of change will you see?
In Luke 19:41-42 we see Jesus caring about people who are not saved. We see Jesus crying because people are not reconciled to God; that they are still enemies of their Creator. This breaks Jesus’ heart. The question is, does it break yours? If you are a real born again Christian, His tears should be your tears. You should have the same desire as Him, that people would know what makes for peace, Jesus Christ.
If you don’t care about the lost, then I would argue that it is because you are lost yourself. Christ cared about the lost. This is why he came to Earth, to save the lost. If you are a CHRIST-ian, then to be indifferent about people going to Hell is hypocrisy, and your lack of tears, brings me to tears.
Christianity is not about buildings, it is not about traditions, it is not about figurines in your yard; it is about Christ in you.