At creation God said, ‘Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature…’ (Genesis 1:26 TM).
God’s intention for each of us has always been to reflect His nature, His character, His purposes, His thoughts, and His ways.
If we want to know what that looks like, we should examine the life of Christ. Paul said, ‘Now He (Jesus) is the exact likeness of the unseen God’ (Colossians 1:15 AMP). Jesus is the visible representation of the invisible God. Our greatest goal, especially if we want to be used by God, must be Christ-like-ness.
That means we will endeavour to handle situations as He did, and treat people the way He would. Peter writes, ‘For even to this were you called (it is inseparable from your vocation)…Christ suffered for you, leaving you (His personal) example…that you should follow in His footsteps’ (1 Peter 2.21 AMP).
And Jesus is our example when it comes to these three things:
1) Suffering. When He was mistreated, instead of retaliating He responded with love, patience, and kindness.
2) Serving. He stooped to wash the feet of His disciples, and then told them to do likewise: that no act of service should be beneath them.
3) Submitting. He said, ‘…I carry out the will of the One who sent me, not My own will’ (John 5:30 NLT).
And here’s the good news: God will keep working on us—indeed; He’s committed to it—to bring us to the place where in every circumstance of life, we act and respond the same way as Jesus.