I Want To Be Just Like You. Introduction
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I have always respected people who seem to have it all together. You know, the Billy Graham types. Always cool, calm and collected. Peaceful and secure. You know, Christlike.
There was this one guy in my young adult Christian fellowship group, let’s call him Ryan. At the end of our time together of singing and a Bible Study we would grab hands and Ryan would have this electric vibe coming out of him and he would pray out loud so fervently that the angels would cry. I wanted to be like Ryan. Fast forward 10 years later at a concert where he was now kind of famous and after his mom let me backstage because she knew me and loved me Ryan pretended not to know me. So much for wanting to be like Ryan.
Oh, when will I learn? When will I learn that God wants me to be fully me? And what it means for me to be fully me is this. That I take my eyes off of me. And everyone else. And put my eyes on Jesus. And strive to be more like him.
Hebrews 12 begins with these words…
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, (keeping your eyes fixed upon) Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
The Bible promises us this: “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1:6 NLT).
26Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. 30And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.
31What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?
I have come to realize my idolatry… that when I put my eyes on any one person and emulate them I always found myself feeling disappointed and let down. Instead my immature Christianity was challenged with each passage I read about Jesus and what it means to become like him.
Why was I so driven to be like others? Maybe because I was afraid of losing myself. If I can look at others I can pick and choose the part of them I wanted to be and keep the parts of myself I wanted to keep. When God was all along saying, Louis, give me yourlife an di will make you fully who I made you to be.
O how hard that is, yet so easy.
What God wants for me is for me to be fully me.
And the more I become like Jesus the more I become who God created me to be.
CS Lewis writes: “The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become - because He made us. He invented us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be. . .It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.”
31See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. 3And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
4 Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. 7Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.